Children at Special Risk


Remember to keep kids away from your harvest operation this year. They're at special risk, especially for suffocation in grain, because of their small size and inability to anticipate danger.

This has been a SAFE FARM message from Iowa State University Extension.


Our children face a special risk during harvest, one that fools many adults.

The risk of being caught in flowing grain.

Flowing grain, whether corn, beans, oats or any other grain, can engulf you in seconds. In minutes, it can suffocate you.

Flowing grain poses even greater risks for children.

One is simply a matter of size. Children can easily be pulled into flowing grain, and they don't have the strength to free themselves, even from grain knee-high.

Two, children don't anticipate danger as easily as an adult. To them, a wagon of grain may look like a giant sandbox.

And three, children are not part of the harvest operation. Operators may be less likely to notice children in the work area because they're busy at their own tasks.

Before harvest begins, explain to children the dangers of grain. Post warning decals on bins, wagons and other storage areas, and keep them away from all work areas.

It's our responsibility to keep children safe on the farm, especially during harvest.

This message has been brought to you by Iowa State University Extension's SAFE FARM program.

This radio public service announcement 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: September 1992

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