Making the farm a safe place for children
During the summer months there are many extra small helping hands on farms, as children relish their freedom.
Any of us who grew up on a farm well remember how the freedom of the school holidays felt, flinging that schoolbag away into the darkest of corners, now free to roam and explore.
But as the number of farm family members based on the farm increase over the summer, so too can the dangers.
Lasy year, five children died in farm accidents.
School might be out for summer, but the farm has so many hidden dangers, some of the rules of school need to be modified and adopted.
Some zones should be highlighted as 'no go' areas so that children are aware of the boundaries within which they can safely play.
Be a safety mentor to the little ones. Sit down with them and get them to list all the danger zones as they see them.
By laying out a map of the farmyard children can mark off the 'out of reach' zones with an X.