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Farm Safety & Children

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Farm Safety & Children

Keeping our Precious Young Ones Safe

The Farm Safety Association has always encouraged adults in the farming community to educate children who live in or near the farm workplace of the dangers. The statistics are sobering:

  • In Ontario, children & youth between the ages of 1-19yrs. accounted for 17.9% of all fatalities. And whereby children 1-4yrs represented more than half of the deaths under 15yrs - an extremely high statistic considering they don't actively participate and engage in farm work.
  • Runovers of bystanders or fallen passenger are overwhelmingly the leading cause of fatality among this age group, followed by being entangled, pinned or struck by machinery.
  • In terms of injuries, approximately 20% of all injuries, which occur on Ontario farms, are accounted by this age group. (These injuries tend to be related to tractors, PTO entanglements, falling from height and animal related.) These pages are to provide some resources and materials for interested parties, be they 5 or 65, to help make their farm workplaces safer places to live and work.

We've curated a list of websites on child safety on the farm to help keep precious young children who live on and near farms safe.

Childhood Agricultural Safety Network
A coalition of organizations that work together to help keep children safe on the farm.

Elmer the Safety Elephant
Elmer the Safety Elephant Program from the Canada Safety Council.

Youth education presented by Equine Guelph.

Progressive Agriculture
A mission to bring safety and health information to the farming communities who desperately need it.

The Kid's Ag Page
Learn about crops and animals produced in Illinois and the ways in which they are used.

4-H Ontario
4-H Ontario has learning opportunities for young people 6-21 on topics including agriculture, safety, life skills and more.