Real world rail safety check

Tomorrow is national video games day! While the thrill of getting to the next level can be fun and beating the game even better—always remember that video games are just that—a game.

Whether you’re a gamer or a thrill seeker, when it comes to rail safety, don’t take a turn on the game of Risk Your Life. 

Let us break it down for you:

  • Think you can beat the train? You can’t.
  • What about climbing between train cars? No. It’s illegal. You can and will be prosecuted. Or you could lose a limb or worse, your life.


We are all responsible for educating ourselves and those around us about rail safety, and acting accordingly. This applies if you are a parent, uncle, aunt, grandparent, a sibling or a friend.

Start rail safety education when kids are young

  • Check out the Operation Lifesaver Resources. They’re free to download and full of age-appropriate tips that parents and caregivers can use to increase children’s rail safety education.
  • Next: bookmark and encourage your children to familiarize themselves with this kid-intuitive site. The interactive format will further increase their rail safety awareness in a way that’s fun and easy to understand.

How to reach the digitally distracted teenager

If you’re a parent or guardian looking to tap into your teenager’s brain frequency, which, lets face it, can be tricky between Facebook, tweets and texting, educating teens on rail safety can seem next to impossible. Here are some tips to make it easier:

  • Start by hammering out some hard-hitting rail safety facts. You could even send them a daily text with some of these stats. You know they’ll respond to the buzz of their phone.
  • Next: keep the conversation flowing with your teen by testing their knowledge on rail safety. Encourage them to take the rail safety quiz, which is easily accessible on an iPhone or iPad—an extra bonus for this digitally savvy generation.

ALWAYS keep in mind: rail safety applies to kids and adults of all ages:

In the end, drive it home: Look, Listen and Live. Rail safety starts with all of us.