Wheatland County Council proudly recognizes and supports the observance of National Rail Safety Week within Wheatland County, scheduled for the period of September 18 to 24, 2023.
Help spread awareness about the importance of staying safe around trains. Remember to follow crossing signals, stay off tracks, and be cautious at railway crossings. Together, we can prevent accidents and keep our communities safe.
During Rail Safety Week, Operation Lifesaver Canada and Operation Lifesaver U.S. work in partnership with CP, the rail industry, government, police, unions, and many public organizations and community groups to highlight safe practices around railway property.
STOP TRACK TRAGEDIES BY HAVING CP RAILSENSE
Not having RailSense can bring with it tragedy and serious consequences. Not only to you, but to your family, your community and the men and women who operate CP’s trains and police CP’s network.
The CP RailSense program, through education and targeted communications and outreach, asks you to be situationally aware around the railway.
Our goal is simple: encourage safe behaviour around tracks and trains, and eliminate injuries and fatalities*.
Hundreds of North Americans are killed each year in preventable incidents with trains.
In the U.S., a person is hit by a train every 3 hours.
Chances of survival are slim for trespassers. Those who do survive often suffer from life-altering injuries, including amputation.
STAY SAFE NEAR THE RAILWAY
- Don’t bike down or near railway tracks
- Don’t use railway tracks or the adjoining right-of-way as an ATV path
- Never walk on railway bridges
- Keep your dog on leash at all times around railway property
- Only cross tracks at designated crossings. Railway lines are private property, and walking on them constitutes trespassing. The only safe, legal place to cross a rail line is at a marked grade crossing
- Every rail crossing in North America has a 24-hour toll-free emergency number posted. If you ever see something unsafe around the tracks, call immediately
- If you’re concerned about someone’s mental health and their interest in train tracks call your nearest mental health support line to get them help
- If your vehicle is stalled on the tracks get out, get away. Call the emergency number on the crossing or 911
What the video below to learn more about rail safety.
CP Police Service Constable Biggs talks about why rail safety is so important.
For more information about rail safety week, and how to stay rail safe, visit the following websites:Canadian Pacific Operation Lifesaver
Looking for a fun way to educate your little ones about rail safety? Download our colouring and activity sheets below!