Kids on farms
Anything that could potentially hurt an adult on a farm, goes doubly so for a child. Kids can be exposed to the risk of drowning in dams, being kicked or thrown from a horse, being run over or falling from trucks, utes, quad bikes and motor bikes, as well as hazardous chemicals and machinery.
With farms being both a workplace and a home, keeping kids safe requires your commitment. Because their safety is your priority, it’s worth hearing what other farming parents recommend. Here are our five top tips:
- Have a securely fenced yard on your farm to ensure children at not exposed to risks
- Use a latch on the gate that infants can’t easily use
- Don’t let your kids ride on the back of tractors, quad bikes or utes
- Ensure your kids are supervised wherever they face risks
- Teach them from a young age to wear a helmet when riding horses, motor bikes and quad bikes
- Talk to others on your farm about how to keep kids safe
- Lead by example. Kids are always watching what you do and don’t do.
Anna is a lifelong farmer from southern NSW. As a farmer, and a mum, Anna knows the realities of raising kids on farms. Here, she recounts the frightening moment her young daughter disappeared on the farm. This is Anna’s story.
- FarmSafe offers advice on how to keep your children safe on its child safety on farms web page.
- The Kidsafe safety on farms web page gives recommendations on child safety, such as how to keep your backyard and home safe.
- The SafeWork NSW Child safety on farms fact sheet provides advice on how to ensure children are kept out of harm’s way on the farm.
- Learn more about keeping kids alive and well on the farm.