Safety on the Farm:
- Do not allow children to roam freely on the farm. Design
a fenced safe play area. This area should be near the house and away from
- Inspect your farm on a regular basis for hazards
that can injure children wandering on your farm. Correct obvious hazards
- Children who are physically able to be involved in farm
work should be assigned age-appropriate tasks and continually trained to
perform them. They should also be constantly supervised.
- Develop a "safety first" attitude. Follow safe
work practices all the time and set a good example for others.
- Keep bystanders and others away from tractor operation
area. Do not allow extra riders, especially children.
- An ATV is not a toy. Children should not be permitted to
operate ATVs without specialized training and then they should be allowed to
only operate an ATV of an appropriate size.
- ATVs with an engine size of 70cc to 90cc should be
operated by people at least 12 years of age.
- Label grain bins to warn of entrapment hazards.
- Lock entrances to grain handling areas to keep
bystanders and children out.
- Install ladders inside bins.
- Keep bystanders and children away from grain bins and
grain handling equipment.
- Always read packaging labels. All crop protection
chemicals include information on the proper use of the chemical; its proper
handling, safe storage and first aid information.
- Keep crop protection chemicals in storage areas that can
be locked to keep bystanders and children out. Be sure to label the storage
area as containing pesticides.
- Keep children and bystanders out of livestock handling
- Animals can be unpredictable. Be sure you understand
some of the common instincts of animals.
or loud noises can frighten animals.
and horses can see everything around them except directly behind their
- Do have a qualified electrician check the wiring.
- Donít overload outlets.
- Donít use electrical appliances or talk on the phone
during an electrical storm.
- Do wait until the storm passes.
alarms on every level of your home so that family members can hear them wherever
smoke alarms or take out the batteries.
materials, such as kitchen towels and newspapers, away from heat sources, such
as candles, burners and portable heaters.
In case of fire,
leave your home immediately. Donít try to save anything. Call the fire
department from a neighborís house.
Never point the
discharge chute at anyone.
Never leave a
running mower unattended.
Make sure other
people, especially children, are out of the area.
Safety Council Agriculture Division
National Fire Protection Association