Four ways that you can help communities stay rail-safe.




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Every year, more than 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured in railway crossing and trespassing incidents. Almost all of these incidents are preventable – but that starts with knowing how to act safely around tracks and trains. Operation Lifesaver (OL), a national not-for-profit dedicated to rail safety, has developed some easy-to-follow tips that will help protect you and your family and friends. You can find more rail safety tips and resources at and by following OL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How to Stay Safe Around Railway Tracks & Trains

Trains are faster than you think. You won't necessarily hear or feel one coming if you're walking along the tracks. And by the time you do, it might be too late.
These are put up to help you cross the tracks safely. When you choose to cross somewhere else you’re putting your life on the line.
There are many railways signs and warning devices, such as lights, bells and gates, to tell you when a train is coming or where and when you should cross. Following their directions will keep you safe.
The best way to avoid being hit by a train is to stay out of its path. That means paying attention (put your phone down and if you’re wearing headphones leave #OneEarOut!) when you’re near tracks and trains so that you can hear and see the warnings. At crossings, keep a distance of at least 5m from the tracks so that you’re out of harm’s way when a train passes. At stations, stand well behind the platform’s edge or safety line.



Make sure that workers in your community know how to stay safe by sharing these brochures.



This free program reminds pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to stay alert around tracks and trains by installing rail safety decals at key crossings in communities. All you have to do to get started is contact us!



Every year we run nationwide campaigns to raise awareness about rail safety, and we're always looking for communities to share our message and co-host events. Follow us on social media and contact us if you would like to learn more. 

Upcoming Campaigns
These eye-catching videos can be played with or without sound to promote rail safety to your residents. Download and post them on your website, share them on social media, or play them on screens in community buildings.

Video 1 - Wheel of Danger

Video 2 - Level Crossing Battle


Every year, more than 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured in railway crossing and trespassing incidents. Virtually all of these incidents are preventable.

Think you can beat a train? A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a train-vehicle collision than in a crash with another motor vehicle. 

What weighs tens of thousands of tonnes, travels over100 km/h, and takes 2 km to stop? The average train. It’s no competition. Stay off the tracks and stay safe.

Whether you commute by train or pass through rail crossings in your neighbourhood, remember that rail safety is a shared responsibility. Are you doing your part?

Commuting by bicycle, or using a walker or wheelchair? Your wheels can get stuck in train tracks if you aren’t careful. Remember: only use designated crossings and always cross at a right angle!

Train tracks and rail equipment might look like good places to play, but they’re dangerous for people big and small. Talk to your kids about rail safety.

Are you looking for an outdoor location to take some photographs? Train tracks may look beautiful, but they’re dangerous. Be rail smart and rail safe. 

Trains are faster and quieter than you might expect, that’s why railway crossings are designed to get your attention. Don’t get distracted, look, listen and live.

We all want to play outside but we need to be safe. Railway bridges may look beautiful, but walking, playing, or taking photos on them can be deadly. You may not hear a train coming and you definitely can't outrun one.

Don't let your family getaway end in tragedy. Don't use tracks as a play area or a recreational path.

The perfect campsite is a rail-safe one. Set up far away from tracks, and only cross at designated crossings.

You risk life, liberty, and limbs when you train hop. Stop train hopping and #STOPTrackTragedies.

Knowing what railway signs and warning devices mean—and how to act when you see them—is key to staying safe around railway crossings and tracks. 

This might look like the perfect trail, but it isn’t. Rails aren’t trails—stay safe and stay away from railway tracks. 

Winter conditions can make it harder to spot oncoming trains, and harder to stop your vehicle. Don’t be a statistic: slow down well in advance of rail crossings and always look and listen for trains.

Enjoy all that winter has to offer—but keep clear of railway tracks. #STOPTrackTragedies.

Rail safety is everyone’s responsibility. So, this holiday season, forget the rush. Follow the rail safety rules, and make sure you get where you need to go in one piece.

Capture lasting memories by choosing a safe location for your grad photos – away from tracks and trains.

Make sure your clients get perfect photos—but always put safety first.
Keep yourself and your subjects away from railway tracks and trains.