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9 summer safety tips for farm kids
Take care around chemicals
Don't drink and eat anything if you don't know what it is. Follow warnings on chemical containers.
No seat, no rider
Unless the vehicle was made to safely hold more than one person, don't ask to ride, and don't encourage others to ride.
Wear sunscreen and hats when in the sun. Wear dust masks when around dust.
Take care around animals
Stay outside the animal fence. Be alert to animal behavior.
Follow mowing safety rules
Mow up and down slopes with riding mowers and across when using a push mower. Never leave a running mower unattended. No extra riders on lawn mowers.
Wear a seat belt when in vehicles. Don't ride in the back of pickups. Obey traffic laws when driving. Be alert to slow moving vehicles and other dangers.
Be careful on ATVs
Wear protective equipment when on recreational vehicles. Ride vehicles that are appropriate for your size and ability and most importantly, drive them sensibly.
Learn more from Living the Country Life: Keep kids safe on ATVs
With school out for the summer and kids at home, it's a good idea to give them a refresher course on farm safety. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) offers these tips.