9 summer safety tips for farm kids

  • Grain bins aren't play areas

    Don't play on or around grain. Seek help if someone is caught in grain.

    Learn more: Safeguard the harvest

  • 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.

  • Protect yourself

    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.

  • Be aware of machinery dangers

    Walk around moving machine parts, and don't remove shields.

    Learn more: Safety shields save lives

  • Ride safely

    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.

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