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for America's Farm Environment Child Safety on the Farm
better to be safe than sorry! We can't begin to list them
all, but here are a few simple safety tips.
where your kids are at all times!
children age appropriate tasks. Remember, children
are not small adults.
sure children receive safety training before each
activity. Teach kids that the safe way is the only
all children on a tour of the farm or ranch and point
out dangerous areas.
your farm from your child's perspective. Get down
on their level and look up, down and all around.
the ignition key out of equipment when not in use
and apply the parking brake.
extra rider. On a tractor, no seat means no rider.
let children play on farm equipment. Whether the equipment
is idle or running, it can still be dangerous to an
machinery in good repair. Install protective shields,
rollover protection structures (ROPS) and seat belts.
your tractor power take-off (PTO) when idle or not
train your child before he or she rides an all-terrain
vehicle. Make sure the size of the ATV fits the child.
your child into the habit of wearing a helmet, long
pants, eye protection, gloves and boots when riding
all potentially dangerous areas, such as grain bins,
wagons and trucks, with decals or brightly colored
markers. Children need to learn to recognize danger
clothe children who will be playing around the farm.
Appropriate footwear (boots or shoes without long
laces), jeans, long sleeve shirt and hat are recommended.
children away from grain storage facilities.
of electrical hazards. Roll up cords and wires and
store them neatly.
get burned! One serious childhood or adolescent sunburn
doubles the chances of developing skin cancer. The
sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
farm ponds and manure pits. Supervise children in
and around water.
your farm for objects which could fall and injure
a child. Tractor tires leaning against the barn could
pesticides and other chemicals properly.
them locked up and away from children. Teach them
to recognize CAUTION, DANGER and POISON labels.
children the safe way to handle animals. Keep livestock
in the appropriate pen or fenced areas.
your work area neat and clean.
noise often attracts children, but it is very dangerous
and can cause hearing loss.
on the farm may seem peaceful and safe, but in fact the family
farm can be very dangerous to your health.
for America's Farm Environment
is one of the most hazardous occupations. While trying
to participate or lend a helping hand, children often fall
victim to agriculture-related accidents and deaths.
estimated that more than 24,000 children are injured each
year on farms. Approximately 5,000 are injured seriously
and 300 children are killed.
adults, there is much we can do to provide a safe environment
for our children. This brochure lists some simple things
you can do to make your farm or ranch a safer place.
Judy Barnes Oskam
Video Coordinator & Asst. Extension Specialist
Oklahoma State University
support provided by
Pat Lewis, M.S.
Extension 4-H and Safety Specialist
Oklahoma State University
H. Willard Downs, Ph.D.
Assist. Dir. of Extension Programs
University of Missouri
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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