"The country is a great place to raise kids." How many times have you heard that comment? Certainly, there are advantages to growing up on a farm or in a rural area; but there are disadvantages, too:there are hazards to their health.
And we, as adults, are part of the problem. Review Table 1 below. Would you agree that six-year-old children should be allowed to ride on a tractor with a parent? Would you agree that twelve-year-old children are mature enough to operate a tractor? If you do, you may be hazardous to the health of your child!
|Table 1. Ages parents think children should be around machinery.|
|Behavior||0-3||4-6||7-9||1 0-12||13-15||Av. Age|
|Ride Tractor with Parent||29%||36%||14%||18%||2%||6 yrs|
|Operate Tractor||0%||3%||10%||54%||28%||12 yrs|
|Be within 10' of machines||1%||4%||11%||41%||33 %||12 yrs|
|Percentage of parents who feel that children in each group should be allowed to begin doing each activity|
We see kids, unattended, around livestock, horses, playing along the banks of ponds, canals and streams. There are kids playing with, working with, power tools which are much too dangerous for them.
Review Table 2. What does it tell us? It tells us that children, ages 5 to 14, who spend the same amount of time in a work area (not necessarily working) as their older brothers, sisters or parents, are two to five times more likely to be involved in an accident, be injured or killed.
Many children are too immature or lack the physical and mental development to work, play, or even be in the work area. Keep them away from dangerous environments and activities.
|Table 2. High farm accident rate for kids|
|1988 Accident Study 500 Farm Survey.|
Publication #: AE-1
1. This document was published 11/91 as Fact Sheet AE-1 , Florida Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office.
2. William J. Becker, Professor and Extension Safety Specialist, Agricultural Engineering Department, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
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