Farm Safety

Farms are fun places — with all that fresh air, sunshine, and room to run around. But they’re also places where real work gets done. And some of that work involves equipment that can be dangerous if someone doesn’t know how to be safe. Kids who live on farms really need to know what it takes to be safe. They probably help out on the farm and need to know the safety rules that can prevent injuries. According to the National Safety Council, farming is one of America’s most hazardous jobs. Kids ages 10 to 14 are at high risk for injury, often because they take on a job or task that they aren’t ready to handle.

Safety Around Poisons, Chemicals, and Fertilizers

Kids shouldn’t be in contact with poisons, chemicals, or fertilizers. But how do you know if something is dangerous to touch or smell? The label may say “caution,” “poison,” or “danger.” Some of these chemicals are toxic or poisonous.

Stay away from areas where these dangerous substances are stored and never open the containers. If you have younger brothers and sisters, be sure they don’t touch these items either. If they have easy access to them, you might want to ask your parents to store them somewhere else, where little hands can’t reach them.

Manure is often used on farms as fertilizer for the soil. Although many people consider it to be safer than chemical fertilizers, in large quantities and in enclosed spaces manure can produce deadly gases. Kids shouldn’t work with manure or be around manure pits or storage areas.

What to Do in an Emergency

Sometimes, even if you follow all the rules, there can be an accident. Knowing what to do in an emergency can save someone’s life. Ask your parent about learning CPR. If CPR classes for kids are available in your community, you should be sure to learn these life-saving skills. If someone gets hurt by a chemical or other substance, ask an adult to call the poison control center or 911, if necessary. By knowing farm safety rules, you can protect yourself, your friends, and family on the farm.


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