(11/12/12) - In 2008, approximately 744 people were killed and 1,372 were injured in incidents involving trains in the United States. These incidents involved either trains and pedestrians or trains and motor vehicle occupants. Twenty-two children ages 14 and under were killed, and another 122 were injured in incidents involving trains.
Safe Kids offers the following safety tips for keeping children safe around trains:
• Only cross at marked railroad crossings. Always look both ways before crossing the tracks.
• Obey all signs and signals. Listen for a warning bell or train whistle, and watch for flashing lights.
• Never try to cross the tracks if a train is coming. Trains are very large and heavy, and take a long time to stop.
• When a train is coming, stand at least ten giant steps away from the tracks. If one train passes, make sure another one is not coming. Trains can come from any direction at any time on any track.
• Get off your bike and walk it across the tracks. Don't forget to wear your helmet when you ride your bike.
• Walking or playing on or near railroad tracks is dangerous.
For more information about railroad safety, call Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist or visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal, led by McLeod Health, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death in children 14 and under. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.