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How can you protect yourself when boarding a train?

If you utilize the train system in Washington to commute each day, you are probably familiar with the occasional stress of running late and worrying about your ability to catch the train before it leaves the station. Understanding what you can do to better protect yourself and your safety is important to have a positive and non-stressful commute. 

One of the best things that you can do is to plan ahead and organize your route. Learn about where the train's stops are and where they will coordinate if you need to switch trains in order to make it to your destination. Another important tip is to avoid distractions that could compromise your awareness. For example, listening to audiobooks or music is a great idea while you are riding on the train, but when you are nearing the station, turn your devices off so you can be fully aware of what is happening. Doing so can help you avoid injuries from slipping, tripping and falling or being hit by a train. 

According to, if you lose your grip on something you are holding and it falls onto the tracks, always contact trained personnel to assist you in retrieving the item. Sometimes, the tracks can be electrified and if you try to get your item on your own, you may electrocute yourself. They also recommend that you take advantage of the handrails that are provided to give you stability when entering and exiting the train. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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