Train safety tips
- Cross only at designated crossings and follow traffic rules.
- Always look both ways before crossing rail tracks.
- Never walk, bike or drive across rail tracks when you see a moving train or red traffic signal.
- Stand behind the yellow warning lines on rail platforms until the train stops and the doors open.
- Never walk or bike along train tracks.
- Never lean against train doors.
- Never climb between train cars.
- Never skateboard, skate, or ride a bike on the platform, stairs or escalators.
- Stay away from the overhead train power lines.
- Trains are quiet, be super alert.
Bus safety tips
- Wait on the sidewalk away from the curb, not in or near the street.
- Buses have blind spots, don’t follow too closely.
- When using bike racks, exit the front door and remind driver, stay in view of the driver.
- Never cross in front of a bus or between buses after exiting.
- Remain seated while approaching your bus stop.
- Use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus.
General safety tips
- Never chase or hit a moving bus or train.
- Never try to outrun a bus or train.
- If you drop something when exiting, leave it on the ground until the bus or train drives away.
- Watch your step, especially at night or in wet weather.
- Take a seat if possible, or use handrails while vehicle is in motion.
RTD offers a night stop service along all local RTD bus routes, except the downtown Denver area bordered by 11th Ave, Grant St, 23rd St, Speer Blvd, and I-25, due to the frequency of established stops and numerous police patrols. The service is provided as a safety measure for anyone who request to be dropped off at any safe location along the route. Inform the bus driver you would like a night stop, at least one block in advance of your final destination.
The service is available mainly after the evening rush-hour from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, and is for deboarding passengers only. The driver will determine a safe deboarding location and ask that you exit through the front door of the bus.
Be the one to save a life
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as those related to relationships, substance abuse, physical health and job, financial, legal or housing stress.
What can we do to prevent suicide?
- Feeling like a burden
- Being isolated
- Increased anxiety
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Increased substance use
- Looking for a way to access lethal means
- Increased anger or rage
- Extreme mood swings
- Expressing hopelessness
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Making plans for suicide
- Keep them safe
- Be there
- Help them connect
- Follow up
Reach out to Colorado Crisis Services
Safety message for the month
Spring cleaning safety checklist:
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. These detectors should be tested every month and batteries replaced at least once a year.
- HEPA air purifiers and HVAC air filters – HEPA or high efficiency particulate air systems help eliminate small particles from the air in your home, which can be helpful for people with seasonal allergies. HVAC filters should be replaced on a regular basis to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. Furnace filters and air conditioning filters promote healthy living.
- Check your medicine cabinet and first aid kits for outdated medications that should be properly disposed of, or check for items that need to be restocked like bandaids, antibacterial ointments, fever or pain reducers.
- Visually inspect your home for water leaks or mold which can grow in cold, dark and damp places around your home. Mold can cause a variety of health issues from mild irritations to serious illnesses.
- Spring cleaning can be tiring work. Do not rush or continue to work when you’re tired. Remember to take breaks, drink lots of water, and rest instead of being unsafe.
- Be careful moving large pieces of furniture and appliances. Use the proper lifting technique and find someone for assistance for items too large for one person to move.
- Be safe on ladders and step stools - having someone available to hold the ladder steady is good rule of thumb.
- To prevent a fire hazard, clean dryer vents and chimney flues.
- Remove tripping hazards by keeping stairs, landings, and walkways clear of boxes, bags and other clutter.
- Always follow cleaning product labels, safety instructions and recommendations.
- Wear a mask when cleaning dusty areas.
- Put away all cleaning supplies when done as a preventative measure around children and pets.
- Reevaluate your home’s security. Check all windows for locks and screens, and all door entrances for secure locks including garage doors. Garage door codes should be changed on a regular basis. Secure window wells, crawl spaces, porches, decks and fencing to make sure your yard is safe for you, kids and pets. Ensure locks on gates are secure. Install lighting and motion sensors, especially for back entrances that aren’t visible to the public.
- An overall home inspection and necessary maintenance will keep your home safe for years to come
Become a partner in safety by taking the safety pledge:
I pledge to be safe around buses and trains.
Together, we can make our buses and trains safer for everyone.