Summer is a time of year when families come together during holidays to celebrate the festive season and ‘relax’. This can often involve people hosting friends and relatives on farms who aren’t necessarily familiar with farm safety. Considering the safety of your farm is an important part of ensuring visitors and yourself have an enjoyable experience together.
Machinery, tractors, quad-bikes, animals and water can all be dangerous for visiting children and adults. Keep young children away from dams, creeks, tanks, troughs, dips and channels because they are a major cause of toddler drownings on farms. Young children need a safe play area of their own where there are no major hazards, so fencing part of the yard close to the house is important. Older children and adults can be taught about farm safety rules of your property, but may still need to be supervised around hazards. Most importantly, children learn by imitation. If you practice and value farm safety, so will your visitors and their children.
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