Tips: Missing in a field

Earlier this week a tw0-year-old boy in Illinois went missing near a corn field. After a massive search that is speculated to have included a helicopter and spray plane, he was found just hours later.

While two is too young to understand much, what if your older kids got lost in a field? Would they know what to do?

Mention this story to your kids and tell them if they get lost in a field to:

1. Stay put! Trying to find their way out is a mistake.
2. Knock down crops in a circle. Doing so makes them visible from the air.
3. Reflect light. A mirror would be ideal, but who walks around with a mirror in their pocket? A watch, other jewelry, or even eye glasses would work.

The most important key is to stay in once place. Trying to find their own way out may only disorient them more. Not to mention they could be circling the search team making it harder to find them.

 

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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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