Make Your Own Parent-Child Farm Safety Contract
Many farmers are convinced that giving kids farm chores will build their sense of confidence and responsibility. Of course, it helps to get the work done faster.
Supervision and close communication are key safety components of chores for kids. A 2012 study indicates that 27,000 children are injured or killed on farms annually.
Farm Safety for Just Kids and Nationwide Agribusiness have created a joint contract designed to initiate a conversation between parents and children regarding specific hazards on the farm and to emphasize the need for adequate training and supervision.
To learn more about creating your own customized parent/child safety contract, visit farmsafetyforjustkids.org. In the search field, type in “Parent-Kid Contract.”
A safety contract also could be an important tool if you hire youth to help with seasonal work on your farm, including baling hay or other chores.