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

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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