From hay bales to tractors to cows and baby chicks, the farm is a great way for kids to learn about where their food comes from and the safety measures farmers and ranchers take to ensure we have a healthy food supply. But, as kids prepare to visit the family farm this summer, farm safety is just as important as the fun.
Although farm injuries among children have declined 60 percent since 1998, agriculture remains one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. Adults and children alike need to be aware of their surroundings, engage in age-appropriate activities, take appropriate precautions when using chemicals (children and youth should not use chemicals), and know where your family/friends are at all times.
A few simple safety steps can ensure a fun farm vacation. Since June is National Safety Month, be educated, be involved and be safe! And have a little fun.