Updated January 1, 1 . AmFam Team
With everything happening on your farm, kids are often eager to lend a helping hand and want to play an active role in getting work done. But, before you let them pull on their boots and roll up their sleeves, invest some time to educate them about agricultural health and safety.
With today’s online training and resources, it’s never been easier to help ensure kids’ safety. Explore these ideas to train youngsters and help them build healthy and safe habits around the farm and ranch:
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Work with kids by reminding them that everyone’s safety should always be their top priority. Here are a few important ways you can help remind kids about staying safe on the farm:
Order age-appropriate farm safety posters online and put them up around the farm in areas where kids and visitors will see them.
Move tools, sharp objects and poisonous liquids into lockable storage areas — you don’t want young children picking up things they shouldn’t.
Keep children away from dangerous areas — like ponds, manure pits or equipment sheds — by closing them off while youngsters are on the farm.
Kids love the idea of driving the tractor or playing with the animals, but make sure they know not to do anything that could put them in danger. Only let them around livestock and equipment when supervised by an adult.
Always make sure you’re keeping an eye on your kids while on the farm. With so much to see and do, it’s not uncommon for children to wander off and explore.
Keep little ones safe by making sure everyone on the farm knows to look out for them when going about their daily tasks.
Children’s abilities change as they get older, so be mindful about what they can and cannot do on their own. For example, a preschool-aged child really isn’t ready for any chores, but older kids may be able to take on small tasks like feeding the calves or harvesting the chicken eggs.
Reinforce positive outcomes when your kids make safe and smart decisions. Be sure to celebrate the moment and let them know that you’re proud that they’re working so hard.
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