Railroad tracks and train crossings can be dangerous when you don't stop, look, and listen. The following Top Tips about Railroad Safety come from safekids.org:
- Only cross train tracks at a designated crossing: a sign, lights, or a gate mark designated crossings.
- If lights are flashing or the gate is down at a railroad crossing, wait for the train to pass completely, the gates to lift, and the lights to stop flashing before crossing. It is never okay to rush across and try to beat the train. Trains may be closer and faster than you think.
- Allow enough space for your vehicle to completely clear the entire railroad crossing, not just the tracks before you attempt to cross. Remember, trains are at least three feet wider than the tracks on either side, so even though you clear the tracks, you may still get hit by a train.
- If you are using a cell phone, headphones, or playing a game on your mobile phone, remember: Heads Up, Devices Down when you cross the tracks. Once a train starts to brake, it can take a mile for the train to stop. So, when you see a train, it's already too late for it to stop for you. Headphones should be removed so you can hear an approaching train.
- Don't be tempted to walk along the train tracks. It might be a shortcut, but it is dangerous and not worth the risk. It is also against the law to walk on the track and the land around it because it is private property.
For more information, contact the Carbondale Fire Department at 618-457-3234.