Safety

Farm safety resources to keep kids safe

Woman pulling a wagon full of kids in front of a corn field

May 21, 2020

For parents on farms and ranches, kids may be home more than usual due to distance learning or altered summer plans. While little ones are helping with chores, they’re also hanging around farm equipment, animals and potentially hazardous materials.

Every day, nearly 33 children are injured in an agriculture-related incident. Here’s a few resources from organizations supported through CHS Community Giving to help keep children safe on the farm while they spend more time at home during these unprecedented times.

Kid-focused educational resources

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation typically holds safety days for children ages 4-12 to teach children ag safety lessons to keep them safe and healthy, including a few at CHS locations. CHS Community Giving also provides $100,000 each year to ensure that more than 8,000 kids can attend safety days throughout the U.S. While some events have been postponed for 2020, Progressive Ag is offering Daily Learning Drops for children on their YouTube channel. These short videos include lessons on grain safety, ATV safety, handwashing tips and more. 

Emphasizing safe activities 

CHS Community Giving also invested more than $100,000 to assist Cultivate Safety in development of several guides for determining age-specific work activities and ways to create safe play areas on farms for children not able to help. Emphasis should be placed on assigning age-appropriate tasks for kids to do on the farm and identifying a caregiver so that children have limited exposure to machinery traffic, agricultural production and environmental concerns while still being outside and experiencing physical, emotional and social development.

Interactive tools and child development resources 

Cultivate Safety offers a variety of interactive tools, videos and resources to help parents on their website. Their child development chart is especially helpful for parents who are wondering about their children’s cognitive and physical abilities.

Keeping all members of your family safe is a top priority. By using these resources and keeping safety top of mind, you can help keep your children safe.