You might be working in the barn when you slip and pull a muscle in your back. Your eight-year-old hears your cries for help.
Will your son or daughter know what to do?
You can prepare family members for emergency situations. Keep a list of emergency numbers at each telephone. Include directions on how to reach your farm, but don't use directions that require landmarks that can be seen only during the day. Provide specific miles and road names or numbers, and be sure the youngest family member can read the directions.
Tell your child to stay on the line so that the emergency operator can get all the necessary information. Your child also may know if you have any special medical needs, such as diabetes or a heart condition.
Then practice making emergency calls on an unplugged phone. You never want to be in an emergency situation, but you always want your family to know what to do, should one arise.
This radio public service announcement script was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm Program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: July 1992.
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