What kind of farm do you live on?

To better serve you and just because we are curious, will you help us out? We want to know what you grow on your farm. Click here to answer! Thanks!

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Proximity shut-off possible for farm equipment?

A company called Little Feet Safety Systems has created a device they believe will decline the number of childhood lawn mower injuries. According to them, 300,000 lawn mowing accidents occur annually. Little Feet Safety Systems has created a device that interacts with a lawn mower’s spark plug and has the ability to stop the machine when a signal is sent by a nearby transponder worn by a child or pet.

It sounds like this project is in the beginning stages but we certainly like the idea if it means more of our rural children will be safe from injury! Could something like this be used on tractors and other farm equipment? Sounds like the transponder chip is small enough to be inconspicuous but how would you make sure your child always has it on? Let us know what you think!

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Remote areas can lead to longer response times

The open space and distance of rural living can mean working in remote areas alone. If an accident happens, it may take time for someone to make the initial call for help. It also means it will take longer for emergency responders to reach you. Communication is key!

  • Never work alone
  • Have a cell phone or two-way radio on you at all times
  • Always let others know where you are and check in regularly
  • Know the geographical location of your farm
  • Provide EMS with landmarks and reference points to direct them to the right spot
  • Consider posting location information around the farm for all to see or carry it on a card in your pocket
  • Teach your children what to do in an emergency situation and how to call for help

There is a movement in Ireland to eliminate the uncertainty of a farmer’s location and aid the rescue team in getting to the injured person in a timelier manner. Read more from The Scottish Farmer.


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Back to school they go

New supplies – Check.   New clothes – Check.  New safety habits – Check.

A new school year brings a new routine filled with early morning bus rides, afterschool activities, and homework for days! Why not make sure your family gets through it safely. Make safety a habit this coming school year and commit to keeping your family free from danger. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Obey all traffic laws to and from school
  • Post emergency contact numbers on the fridge
  • Create evacuation plans for a house fire or other emergency
  • Re-stock your first aid kits
  • Have the kids memorize important numbers instead of relying on cell phone contacts
  • Never leave the house with a candle burning

Fun Safety books at HBC


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Potential exposure for detasseling crew

crop dusterWhen do you know if you have been exposed to farm chemicals? A recent Iowa news article highlighted a group of youth that were in a field detasseling corn and could smell the chemicals being applied in the field next to them by a crop duster. After the group stopped working and refused to continue, fearing harmful exposure, they were sent home for the season.

So were they exposed to harmful chemicals? If you can smell the chemicals in the air does that mean you are being exposed and can experience symptoms? Farm Safety For Just Kids has always stood by the fact that children should be indoors and away from any kind of chemical application, to remove the possibility of being exposed.

After reading the Iowa article, what do you think? Were the youth involved right to fear possible contamination or were they ok to continue working because the crop duster knows his regulations and restrictions? Let us know by commenting below!


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Take caution while cleaning bins

grain 1If you have plans to clean out your grain bins in the coming weeks in preparation for harvest, remember that even if the bin is not full, your safety is still at risk!

grain 2Depending on how wet the grain was going in, there is always a chance for crusting near the top of the bin. Do not attempt to walk across a bridge of corn within the bin, it could collapse causing full engulfment. Also watch out for vertical wall crusts. Removing the grain from the wall can cause an avalanche-like affect leading to engulfment as well.

We have a busy season coming up folks, let’s not start off on the wrong foot!


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Chemical Safety

chemicals_thumbEach year thousands of children are exposed to chemicals on the farm. The only way to prevent it is to lock up all forms of chemicals. Exposure can happen in a number of ways:

  • Ingestion by eating or swallowing
  • Contact with the skin or eyes
  • Inhaling or breathing it

By teaching children about the dangers of chemical exposure, you will help them understand the importance of avoiding contact. Younger children should be taught to stay away from all items which they are not familiar with and instructed about warning symbols. Older children can be taught the significance of warning symbols, words, colors and the distinctions between the levels of danger.

  • CAUTION – Minor or moderate injury: Yellow
  • WARNING – Possibility of death or serious injury: Orange
  • DANGER – High probability of death or serious injury: Red

row_crops_clip_image002_0004It’s important to store chemicals in their proper containers. In particular, avoid containers children are familiar with like pop bottles or kitchen containers. Many chemicals look like other nontoxic substances to a child. Gasoline could look like a juice drink or motor oil may look like pancake syrup. To prevent accidental exposure to chemicals follow these guidelines:

  • Lock chemicals in their original, labeled container
  • Teach kids warning signs and what to avoid
  • Discard all empty chemical containers and accessories properly
  • Remove children and toys from the area when applying chemicals
  • Wash chemical soiled clothing separately
  • Close all containers when not in use, even if only for a moment
  • Farm chemicals are not to be handled by youth
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