Safety Book to Be Donated to Children Across China
Beijing, June 28, 2012 –Otis Elevator (China) Investment Co. Ltd. today launched a nationwide safety book donation program on the southern campus of Guangming Elementary School in Beijing. Otis Elevator (China) Investment Co. Ltd. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The book, “How Children Keep Safe”, is primarily targeted at children aged 3-7, and is the nation’s first book about general safety education aimed at children, including topics on safety at home, safety on the road, and how to ride elevators and escalators safely. The books will be donated to primary schools and kindergartens nationwide, and the first batch will be distributed in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou and Shenyang.
This book aims to help more children and their families to become increasingly aware of directly relevant safety concerns, and acquaint themselves with more methods to protect themselves in order to limit the number of children injuring themselves unnecessarily.
The book is jointly published by Otis Elevator (China) Investment Co., Ltd, the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund (CCTF) and Hope Publishing House, with help from the bureau of special equipment safety supervision of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Its reception from related Chinese experts has been favorable, and it has become a recommended part of the CCTF’s “safe and healthy growth project”.
Mr. Guo Xiao, Assistant Secretary General from China Children and Teenagers’ Foundation (CCTF) said, “CCTF launched its safety education program for children in 2010, with the goal of improving safety awareness amongst children and teenagers, while informing society of the improvements that must be made with regard to public safety. Now that this public donation has been launched together with Otis, comprehensive safety education will be efficiently provided to more children and we are able to realize the opportunity of helping them grow up in a safer environment. We welcome more enterprises to get actively involved in our program.”
“As the inventors of the world’s first safety elevator, Otis has been dedicated to safety since the Company was founded over 150 years ago.” said Tony Black, president of Otis Elevator (China) Investment Co., Ltd. “As we endeavor to continuously improve our products and services, promoting children’s safety education is also part of Otis’ responsibility to ensure public safety. We will continue to partner with organizations to enable the safe and healthy growth of China’s youth.”
At the same time as the book launch, the “Otis Safety Experiencing Classroom” also began operations. Donated by Otis Elevator (China) Investment Co., Ltd. and constructed with help from CCTF, the classroom is expected to become one of the safety demonstration classrooms for CCTF’s “safe and healthy growth project”. The classroom will enable children to know more about potential safety risks that can occur, explained through multimedia demonstrations, situational experiences, mock operations and games. These methods will teach them how to escape from danger and how to protect themselves through first-aid rehearsals, and phoning the police for help, so that children will not only learn to better protect themselves but also help to protect others.
Otis took the lead in launching elevator riding safety education among primary and secondary school students across the nation as early as 1999, and has since organized a series of corporate social responsibility activities including the national safety day, elevator riding safety education for primary school students, and safety education drawing competitions over the past dozen years. Otis has also launched an innovative mobile safety training program on trucks, targeting the public and front-line maintenance technicians. The program has so far covered 35 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Qingdao and Zhengzhou, offering training programs to about 2,000 front-line maintenance technicians and benefiting tens of thousands of residents in 30-odd communities.
A recent investigation has revealed that the number of Chinese children falling prey to safety-related accidents in various environments including the home, at school and in daily life, has grown 7 to 10 percent year on year and accidental injuries prove to be a significant challenge to Chinese families, particularly those with a single child.