Summer is here, and kids are home until the start of the next school year. Grandchildren might be visiting, and out-of-town relatives might be stopping by during a road trip. Keeping your family and yourself safe should be a priority, and educating your family about farm safety is important and necessary. Here are some good points to touch on this summer:
When you and others ride, make sure to wear long pants, good boots, and proper head protection. Four-wheelers can tip over, so protecting the driver and the riders is key. Don’t just turn kids and grandkids loose with an ATV; they’ll likely try to drive faster than they should. Run through some proper safety training with them, and make sure they know how to use all the controls. Don’t put them on something that’s too big for them to handle.
If you have animals on your farm, make sure you talk to family members about what areas they’re allowed to be in around the animals. Remind them not to crawl inside fences to get closer to the animals, and teach them the proper way to approach animals. Tractors and other large equipment will likely be moving around your farm, so make sure everybody’s staying in the yard and that you’re aware of everyone’s location if you’re driving a big piece of equipment.
Grain Bin Safety
Kids love to play hide-and-seek, and a grain wagon or bin might seem like a great hiding spot. Let them know it’s not safe for them to be playing around the grain. This is also a great reminder for you and anyone else working on your farm to be very cautious as grain is being augured out of the bin. Remember to notify someone you’ll be in the grain bin. Shut off your equipment and locked it out so the grain isn’t moving, and have a harness on in case a rescue becomes necessary. You’re never too young or too old to learn about safety and be reminded of procedures to keep you protected on the farm.
From the CPI safety team, we hope you have a safe summer!