At AGCO, we are very proud of our sponsorship of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s (PAF) website and the good work this organization does with more than 400 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days teaching farm safety and health lessons to children. PAF is the largest program of this type reaching youth in North America, and in 2011 it will touch the lives of more than 100,000 kids and adults. The program is made possible through donations from individuals like you, as well as from many corporate and foundation sponsors.
Cabela’s, The World’s Foremost Outfitter, has been a sponsor of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days for two years. In 2011, Cabela’s is taking the company’s sponsorship to the next level by donating a percentage of purchases made online to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation®.
For anyone who shops Cabela’s, it’s very easy to make a purchase eligible for donation. From anywhere in the world, just visit http://www.progressiveag.org and click on the Cabela’s icon. Clicking there will redirect you to the Cabela’s homepage, where you can shop as you normally would. Up to 6 percent of the value of your eligible purchases will be donated to help keep rural kids safe and healthy through the lessons provided at Safety Days across North America.
Be sure to encourage anyone you know who may shop Cabela’s online to visit http://www.progressiveag.org before shopping Cabela’s. Working together we can HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE ON THE FARM.
What is next on your list to purchase from Cabela’s?
It is the first day of July and we, in the US, are getting ready for a long holiday weekend (we’ll be back to our regular posting schedule on Tuesday, July 5). Where I am from, Independence Day usually involves cooking out on the grill, swimming in the pool or going out on the lake and setting off fireworks after dark. Even though you may not be celebrating American 4th of July with us in the United States this weekend, water safety is always an important topic to remember. The following blog post was submitted from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and addresses the importance of water safety:
Water is the life blood coursing through every farm and ranch. Without it crops and livestock won’t survive. At the same time, it has the potential to put children in harm’s way. Especially in the heat of summer, considering a farm pond or watering trough may seem like a good place to cool off for kids.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, drowning was the second leading cause of death on farms. And living in a rural area increases the likelihood of drowning by three times when compared to urban areas.
Water safety tips on the farm:
- Supervise children at all times when near water.
- Fence youth out of ponds and lagoons, and fence them in safe play areas.
- Install self-closing, self-latching gates.
- Provide personal flotation devices where swimming is allowed.
- Create a rescue tool by attaching a flotation device to a rope or long pole, and make sure everyone knows where it’s stored.
- Install proper safety shielding on all irrigation mechanisms.
Water is needed on the farm and ranch to survive and prosper. Stay safe and healthy by using precaution when around this life-giving element.
How do you caution children of water hazards on your farm?
Growing up on a farm, I had a lot of chores but I was lucky enough not to have to mow our grass (my dad and uncle took care of that since I was so young). I actually never even got behind a lawn mower until I was in my twenties. Even though I was an adult with a pretty good head on my shoulders, my dad still took me though a long list of tips that I needed to know in order to safely operate our lawn mower. The following blog post was submitted from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and addresses the importance of mowing safety:
Whether you live on the farm or in the city, you know that giving kids chores teaches them valuable lessons. Mowing the yard is often one of the first responsibilities given to youth. Putting a kid behind the controls of a lawn mower is no different than putting them in the driver’s seat of a tractor or car.
Even though a lawn mower is smaller in size, the potential for injury is there. As such, lawn mowers need to be treated with the same respect.
Is your child ready to tackle mowing the lawn? If you answer yes to ALL of these questions, they might be ready for the job.
- Can the youth reach the necessary controls without moving from the seat on a riding mower?
- Does the youth have the physical strength to push a walk-behind mower?
- Has the youth been trained in proper operation of the mower?
- Does the youth know safety is the top priority?
- Has the youth observed safe lawn mowing behavior by an adult?
If your child is ready, explain the dangers of flying objects and stress the importance of wearing long pants and sturdy shoes as well as eye and ear protection.
Teach safe operating procedures:
- Mow across slopes when using a walk behind mower.
- Mow up and down slopes when using a riding mower.
- Mow dry grass.
- Never point the discharge chute at anyone.
- Never drive or push a running mower over gravel.
- Shut off the engine before servicing.
- Always fill the gas tank outside of any buildings and only when the engine is cool.
- Keep the engine free of oil spills, grass, and leaves.
For more information about lawn mower safety, visit www.fs4jk.org or call 1-800-423-5437.
How old were you when you first mowed the lawn? What tips did your parents share with you?
Editor’s Note: Massey Ferguson has grounds care equipment in some regions of the world, such as the UK. Take a look at the variety of products, including lawn mowers, offered at: http://www.masseyferguson.com/EMEA/GB/products/21.aspx
Safety on the farm is a priority at AGCO. Have you noticed our new Safety section here on the AGCO Blog? Watch for new posts from us and other farm safety organizations.
We are very proud of our sponsorship of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s (PAF) website and the good work this organization does with more than 400 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days teaching farm safety and health education to children. PAF is the largest farm safety and health educational program in North America.
PAF’s website has lots of fun family and kids’ safety activities and you can also check out the list of locations to see if a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® is scheduled in your area . If you don’t see one on the list that is close to you, you can apply to host a Safety Day in your area.
Randy Bernhardt, Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Director – Development, PAF, tells us their “vision is that no child would become ill, be injured or die from farm, ranch and rural activities. Their mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities.” PAF programs are throughout the United States, the Canadian provinces, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, reaching more than 82,000 participants with the help of more than 18,000 adult and older teen volunteers. They are starting programs in Argentina and Uruguay this year.
I recently had the opportunity to video tape some great safety videos at the AG CONNECT Expo where the Progressive Agriculture Foundation coordinated the Safety Zone with the help of a number of safety organizations. You can see these videos and learn more about farm safety on AGCO’s YouTube channel. Here’s one of the videos:
How do you teach your children farm safety? Share some of your ideas on how to keep our kids safe on the farm by posting a comment here.
The following post about chemical safety on the farm was submitted by Tracy Schlater from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.
Ask a child about farm chemicals and their first response will probably refer to what’s applied to crops, such as pesticides or insecticides; but it’s so much more than that. Gas, diesel fuel, anti-freeze, motor oil, and coolant required for farm equipment are considered chemicals too, just like household products like bleach, bug spray, and toilet bowl cleaner. Kids are exposed to those dangers beyond the farm as well, making it even more important for them to realize the danger.
Teach your kids to recognize these terms:
CAUTION – (yellow) could result inn minor or moderate injury if hazard is not avoided.
WARNING – (orange) could cause serious injury or death if hazard is not avoided.
DANGER – (red) a high probability of serious injury or death if hazard is not avoided.
A few tips to prevent chemical exposure:
- Store chemicals in their original container in a locked area
- Be a good role model – wear personal protective equipment
- Dispose of chemicals and their containers properly
- Keep kids and toys away when applying chemicals
- Wash clothes worn while applying chemicals separately
- Close all containers and put out of reach of children.
Take five seconds and add the following number to your cell phone contacts list if you are in the United States. If you are in other parts of the world, we encourage you to find and store your local equivalent:
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids recently released a new chemical safety education packet available in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit www.fs4jk.org or call 1-800-423-5437.
Do your children know the dangers of chemicals on your farm?