Summer is here: Let’s make it a rail safe one!

Many summer events may have been cancelled across the country, but that won’t keep Canadians from making the most of summer 2020. But whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a picnic in your local park, or hanging out at the cottage, Operation Lifesaver wants to remind people to stay safe by following the advice of public health officials, and by staying clear of trains and tracks.

“Rail safety means being vigilant whenever you’re around tracks and trains,” says Sarah Mayes, National Director, Operation Lifesaver Canada. “Each summer, crossing and trespassing incidents result in preventable injuries and lives lost across Canada. Please make sure every encounter you have with trains and tracks this summer is a safe one by following the rail safety rules.”

Don’t be a rail safety statistic

Last summer, 12 Canadians were seriously injured and another 11 lost their lives as a result of unsafe behaviour around trains, railway crossings and tracks. But every one of these incidents could have been prevented by following the rail safety rules.

So, make summer 2020 one to remember for all the right reasons by following these simple rules:
  • Don't bike or walk on or along railway tracks 
  • Only cross tracks at designated crossings
  • Don't use railway tracks or the adjoining right-of-way as a path 
  • Never walk on—or jump off of—railway bridges 
  • Never go around lowered railway crossing arms
  • Keep your dog on leash at all times around railway property 
  • Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking
Help us stop tragic railway trespassing and crossing incidents from happening. Share these and other rail safety tips with the people you love and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram—it could save a life.