Designate a safe play area on the farm

girl playin in sand boxOn some farms planting season can become a family affair, and so we ask that your kids have a designated place to play if they aren’t old enough to help out.

Children are curious and look at a farm as gigantic playground but it’s important to know that they don’t recognize or understand dangers and cannot easily remember rules from one situation to the next. So instead of going crazy saying “no don’t touch that” or “stay back”, designate a place on the farm just for them. A place that will keep them safe and allow you to continue working without them underfoot.

Some key elements to a good play area are fencing, ground cover, play activities, and supervision. So before the hustle and bustle of the season begins, if you have small children, designate a safe area for them on the farm, line-up additional supervision if necessary, or have them engage in off-the-farm activities during busy times.

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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