Consider a no-rider policy!

Do you remember riding in the tractor when you were little? Was there an instructional seat in the cab with a seat belt? If not, your safety was at risk. Here at Farm Safety For Just Kids we go by the no rider policy while on tractors, ATVs, and combines. Please think IMG_0174before you let kids ride in the cab of the combine or tractor with you.

If you are driving a cab-less tractor manufactured after 1976, there should be a rollover protective structure (ROPS), it provides a safe space for the driver only! It will not protect an extra rider. And it only protects the operator if they’re wearing their seat belt. Riding on the tire fender is not a safe place for riders either!

  • Make a permanent policy to never allow riders on farm equipment.
  • Tractors are designed for work, not transportation. Use standard vehicles when work is not required.
  • Instruct youth old enough to operate tractors not to take passengers.

IMG_0152If there’s only one seat, there should only be one person on it. If instructional seats are available, use with caution and a seat belt!

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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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