Across the country, county and state, Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As part of ASAP, March 2-8 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Farm Safety: Your Only Passenger.”
During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to leave their kids at home when working with tractors.
In farming communities, it’s important to remember one seat means only one passenger. Tractors are responsible for 41 percent of the accidental farm deaths of children under 15, yet studies show four out of five farm children regularly ride tractors with family members.
Making safety a priority on the farm can save both lives and resources by preventing incidents, injuries and lost time.
All-terrain vehicles are also at fault in deaths and injuries to kids. About 40,000 children under the age of 16 are treated in emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries each year.
Ensure ATV safety with these simple, inexpensive tips:
- Always wear a helmet and protective gear
- 72 percent of children who died in an ATV-related crash weren’t wearing a helmet.
- Select the right size ATV
- 93 percent of child deaths occurred when children were riding an adult-sized ATV – too large for them to handle.
- Never carry multiple riders
- 45 percent of ATV-related child deaths involved multiple riders on a single ATV.
- Keep ATVs for off-road use only
- 25 percent of child deaths on ATVs occurred on paved roads, many because of collisions with other vehicles.
- Inspect your ATV before each ride. Visit the National Ag Safety Database for a checklist - http://nasdonline.org/
Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information, visit http://agsafetynow.fb.org/.