Signs Point to Safety (News Release)

Summer is a good time to check for warning signs and decals around the farm with your children.

Signs and decals on dangerous equipment and buildings may not keep out unauthorized people. However, they may serve as a reminder to use caution in the area, or that the area is off-limits. To be effective, all family members must know what the signs mean, and follow directions.

Signs that warn about lack of oxygen, or "Danger! Never Play Here!" and "Poison" help reinforce family safety rules when adults may not be present. Most signs and decals are available at farm implement dealers or special safety organizations.

Take a family walking tour of your farm and check for appropriate warning signs in these places:

  • chemical storage sheds;
  • gasoline tanks;
  • grain bins;
  • manure pits;
  • overhead transmission lines;
  • bulk fertilizer tanks, and
  • confinement buildings.

For more information about farm youth safety, contact the __________ County Iowa State University Extension office. Ask for your free copy of the new Safe Farm publication, Review Family Farm Safety Rules, Pm-1265g. Another helpful publication is the Farm Safety Walkabout Handbook, a program sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

This news release 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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