By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation
National Farm Safety & Health Week is an annual promotion of the National Safety Council. The 2015 theme, “Ag Safety is not just a slogan, it’s a lifestyle,” will be celebrated September 20-26. This year marks the 72nd consecutive year this week has been celebrated and commemorates the hard work, diligence and sacrifice of our nation’s farmers and ranchers. During the week, a different topic area will be highlighted each day:
- Monday will focus on Rural Roadway Safety
- Tuesday will focus on Confined Spaces
- Wednesday is Children’s Day
- Thursday will focus on Health
- Friday will focus on Tractor Safety
The statistics are sobering. Each year, more than 100 children are fatally injured on farms throughout the United States. Farm parents play a special role in protecting agriculture’s future. Here are 5 things you can do to keep your children safe:
- Keep young children away from farm hazards. Make the play area more fun than the farmstead.
- Don’t allow extra riders on tractors, combines or ATVs.
- Provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as helmets, sun protection, ear plugs and eye shields.
- Provide sufficient training when youth are old enough to work on farms. Remember to keep in mind the child’s age and ability when assigning chores and tasks.
- Always role model safe and healthy behavior. Remember, you are your child’s first teacher and they will follow your example.
These safety tips are examples of what children & families learn when they attend a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® offered throughout North America. This year alone, more than 100,000 children & adults will participate in a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® within their local community. Want to make a difference in your community? Applying to host a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, volunteer at a Safety Day, or donate to the program by visiting www.progressiveag.org
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation and the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program, along with several other safety organizations throughout the country, supports National Farm Safety & Health Week as a way to raise awareness and educate others on health and safety-related issues. We encourage each to focus on safety and health around the farm, ranch or home not just for this special week, but 365 days a year!
For a variety of additional resources, including educational webinars, visit The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety website at http://www.necasag.org/ Also, be sure to follow Progressive Agriculture Safety Days on Facebook at www.facebook.com/progressiveagriculture and Twitter @PAFSafetyDays for weekly safety tips.