Railroad Safety for Children

Trains and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. There’s something about “choo-choos” that draws them in, and parents can take advantage of this love, stressing how important it is to be safe around train tracks, while being a good role model themselves.

Five Things to Remember
  • Always look both ways. Trains can come from any direction, at any time.
  • Only cross railroad tracks at a designated crossing. Designated crossings are marked by a sign, lights or a gate.
  • If lights are flashing or the gate is down at a railroad crossing, wait for the train to pass completely and the gate to go back up before crossing. It is never okay to try and beat the train.
  • Don’t be tempted to walk on or along the tracks. Trains are at least three feet wider than the tracks on either side.
  • A train can take up to a mile to stop. By the time the locomotive engineer sees someone or something on the tracks ahead; it is too late to stop.
TPT Kids Safety Poster - English
Fun Safety Resources
TPT Educator Safety Poster - English