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Rail safety

Rail safety

There are 73,047 kilometres of railway tracks and about 55,000 public, private and pedestrian highway/railway crossings in Canada. Trains today are quieter than ever and cannot stop easily, once moving. Here are some tips to keep your family safe around railway tracks.


Rail safey resources


#CrossSAFE is Parachute’s social media campaign for rail safety awareness.


Rail Safety Videos (on YouTube) 

Parachute has produced a number of videos covering various aspects of rail safety.  Watch here:


Teaching kids about rail safety

Talk to your children about rail safety and the dangers of trespassing. Teach them about staying safe around trains and railway tracks. Know your child's abilities based on their age and stage of development and supervise accordingly. 

It's perfectly natural for children to be swayed by peer pressure into taking unnecessary risks, and children may not fully understand dangerous situations.

Walk with your child and discuss rail safety at a level they can understand. As your child grows and matures, making safe choices will become second nature. Railway tracks can be a tempting shortcut. If your child has to cross railways tracks on his way to and from school, he may simply be choosing the most convenient place to cross the tracks. This may mean taking a shortcut and choosing to trespass on railway land rather than at a designated crossing.

Test Your Knowledge

You and your child are walking down the sidewalk toward a railway crossing. As you approach, the lights begin to flash and the gates come down. 

Surprised? Trains often look like they are moving relatively slowly, simply because they are so big. Just as you teach your children how to navigate through traffic, teach your children safety rules for staying safe around trains and at railway crossings.