Safety Down on the Farm

June 3, 2011 by gfmhm
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Farms are great; kids interact with animals, and they can see how foods are grown and processed.  Granite Falls Municipal Hospital wants our local communities to take precautions and be educated about farm health and safety hazards, including:

Machinery

●       Don’t allow kids to play in areas where machinery is in use or being stored.

●       If there’s one seat on the equipment, there should only be one rider — an adult.

●       Do not allow riders in the back of pickup trucks.

●       Know where kids are to avoid accidents — children can be hidden by large wheels or blind spots.

●       Keep hand tools, especially with sharp or hot parts, out of reach.

●       Read and follow the directions in equipment instruction manuals and conduct inspections.

●       Motorized dirt bikes, mopeds, and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can cause death and serious head and spinal injuries. Children under the age of 16 should not operate 2-, 3-, and 4-wheeled vehicles.

●       Teach older kids how to turn off machinery — they might save someone’s life.

Animals
Teach children not to run, scream, speak loudly, or otherwise startle an animal.  Wash hands with warm water and soap after touching cleaning up after pets and farm animals.

Grain and Silos
Children can become trapped and suffocate under the shifting surface of stored or flowing grain.  If a child believes that someone is trapped in a silo, teach children never to enter to help — instead call an adult or dial 911 immediately.

Falls From Heights
Keep all ladders out of the reach of kids.  A fall from the hayloft can cause serious and deadly injuries.

Electricity, Pesticides, and Chemicals
Locks and childproof containers are necessary when storing pesticides and chemicals.  Electrical boxes should be locked and there should be no water sources nearby to prevent curious kids from being shocked or electrocuted.

Water Safety and Manure
Supervise and teach kids to avoid water in ponds, troughs or manure pits.  Ensure proper ventilation in silos and manure pits.

Noise
Wear protection such as earmuffs and earplugs when around noisy equipment or animals. Discourage listening to headphones, while working, this may prevent kids from hearing cries of warning or for help.

Have a Safety Plan
Seconds count, so a safety plan is vital to getting an injured person help. Family members should know each others whereabouts and when they are due to return.  If a child is missing, check dangerous areas first. Make sure kids know how and when to call 911, if someone is injured, and post those numbers near each phone.  Have a Safe Summer!

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