Tip: Water safety

Water is the life blood coursing through every farm and ranch. Without it crops and livestock won’t survive. At the same time, it has the potential to put you in harm’s way.

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, drowning was the second leading cause of death on farms. And living in a rural area increases the likelihood of drowning by three times when compared to urban areas.

Water safety tips on the farm

• Supervise children at all times when near water.

• Fence off ponds and lagoons.

• Install self-closing, self-latching gates.

• Provide personal flotation devices where swimming is allowed.

• Create a rescue tool by attaching a floatation device to a rope or long pole, and make sure everyone knows where it’s stored.

• Install proper safety shielding on all irrigation mechanisms.

Water is needed on the farm and ranch to survive and prosper. Stay safe and healthy by using precaution when around this life-giving element.

Must be 18-years-old to participate.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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