Children are naturally curious and are attracted to the many sights, sounds, animals, and activities on the farm. Their curious nature combined with a child-like inattention makes it dangerous to leave them unattended. Based on the amount of time spent in farm-related activities, children are more likely than adults to be injured or killed. The following facts are based on national statistics:
- Tractors are the main cause of childhood farm fatalities, either by runover or rollover. Machinery entanglements are the next highest cause of childhood farm fatalities.
- Studies have shown that from one-third to one-half of non-fatal childhood agricultural injuries occur to children who do not live on farms.
- Nationally, an estimated 33,000 children are injured and approximately 104 are killed on farms and ranches each year.
The following is a list of danger areas for kids on the farm:
- Drowning (water or manure storage)
- Poisonous cleaning agents
- Falls from machinery, haylofts, or ladders
- Getting entangled in machinery, power take off shafts, etc.
- Tractor overturns or runovers due to being an extra rider, or improper operator training
- Animal or livestock, (runover, kicking, etc.)
- Suffocation in grain bins, flowing grain in wagons or feed trucks and fertilizer buggies
Members may obtain additional information by contacting their county Farm Bureau Insurance agent, or our Safety Department at 804/290-1379.