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Safety on the Farm

Did you know?

  • In Ontario, about 20% of all deaths involving farm work happen to children under the age of 15 years old. (Source: Farm Safety Association Fact Sheet).
  • 60% of child deaths occurring at farms involved children under the age of 5 years. (Source: Farm Safety Association, Guelph, Ontario, 1998
    For every death, there are dozens of serious injuries and “near misses”.  
  • The most serious injuries on the farm involved machinery.

Here are a few tips for keeping children safe on the farm:

  • Understand your child's abilities and personality - this will help you think ahead and supervise them based on their needs.
  • For example, walking can quickly become climbing, so putting chemicals up high may not keep them out of reach. For more information about how to protect babies and young children (up to six years of age), check out the Ages, Stages, and Safety brochure.
  • Create a hazard free play area for children - usually away from driveways and buildings.
  • Teach children safety rules - know that even if a child can repeat the rule, it does not mean they will always follow the rule.
  • Know what your children are doing. The web page on Teaching Your Children About Safety gives more tips on this topic. The Risk Watch Safety messages on this page can be a starting point.
  • Remember that children will copy what they see. Set examples and always follow the rules yourself.
  • Keep up good housekeeping - always put small parts and equipment away, lock up ammunition and firearms, and keep pesticides and herbicides in a safe place.
  • Take a First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course External Link . Anyone living or working on a farm should have these skills.

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