Careful Country Safety Materials for Teaching Childhood Farm Safety

  • Freeman, Steven A.

The Careful Country Teacher Kit is designed to help teachers, parents, and other interested parties teach injury prevention for rural and farm children. The contents of the Teacher's Kit enables presentation of important safety information in a variety of ways to accommodate individual circumstances and presentation styles.

The Teacher's Kit contains a copy of an 18 minute video entitled Sawdust that is a story about a puppet by that name who learns safety rules as he dreams about being a real boy. Sawdust learns the importance of being safe while playing, riding his bicycle, and when visiting his grandpa's farm. While based on a rural setting, the video has valuable safety tips for children of any background. To strengthen the message, the video begins with a brief introduction by Elaine Scott, a Mother from Blufton, Indiana who lost her son as the result of a farm-related accident.

A sample lesson plan is included. The lesson is designed to assist presenters in planning their presentation and addressing the most important safety concepts in a way that will be easily understood by a group of young children. The lesson plan serves as a guide and may be modified to suit individual needs and circumstances.

A copy of the recently developed Careful Country Farm Safety Coloring and Activity Book is also included. Each picture or activity in the book is based on information recently gathered about frequent serious childhood farm-related injuries. The pictures are arranged in order, beginning with the most frequent cause of serious injuries to farm children, riding as a passengers on tractors. At the bottom of each page is a Parent Alert message that is designed to help parents become more aware of childhood hazards. A message on the inside cover encourages parents to take time with their children to discuss each of the safety messages covered in the book. This book makes a great give away at the end of child safety presentations.

The Teacher's Kit also contains a fact sheet on childhood farm-related injuries, camera-ready copies of the pages from the coloring book that can be used to make handouts or overheads, and a camera-ready copy of the Careful Country Safety Pledge.

This research abstract was extracted from a portion of the proceedings of "Agricultural Safety and Health: Detection, Prevention and Intervention," a conference presented by the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

S.A. Freeman, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

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