Summer holidays can be a risky time when children are on the farm. Here’s how to stay safe.
It’s coming up to the summer holidays, when the schools are off, the children are at a loose end and they’re getting up to all types of trouble. And one type of trouble you don’t want to occur is a farm accident. HSENI has introduced a new initiative entitled ‘Be Aware Kids’, which is specially designed to help reduce farm accidents and fatalities by raising awareness of farm safety and encouraging everyone to help make farms that bit more child proof.
If you are a farmer with children running about, there are a few simple suggested steps you can follow which will make your farm a safe – but still fun - environment for the youngsters. While they stay safe, you have peace of mind, knowing they are out of harm’s way.
Here’s how to keep children safe this summer:
• Create a safe and secure place for the children to play, away from any farm activity and moving vehicles.
• Ensure that all vehicles have clear and all round visibility - who knows what little creature could be lurking around any corner or wheel!
• Restrict all children under the age of 13 from driving on tractors and operating farming machinery.
• Ensure all heavy equipment and stacked equipment is secure to prevent them from toppling down.
• When not in use, make sure that the slurry lagoon is properly closed and securely fenced off so children will not be able to gain access. Always ensure that children are not around when mixing slurry.
• Before meals, make sure everyone washes their hands.
• At all times, keep track of where family members are and know when they are expected back.
• Restrict access to dangerous parts of machinery, and ensure that there are guards in places.
• Create a plan, so that all family members know what to do in an emergency and prepare a list of emergency telephone numbers.
From a recent survey carried out by Autoline Insurance, 81% of farmers agree that farming is a dangerous industry where many accidents can happen. But with plans in place and a sharp eye, it should also be safe and fun. Have a safe summer!
Autoline is regarded as Northern Irelands’ specialist agri-broker in placing farm business and agricultural vehicle insurance. Find out more at https://www.autoline.co.uk/farm/farm-insurance