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Tuesday 6 December 2016

New mobile game for kids aims to keep them safe on farms

Published 28/11/2016 | 11:57

Mia Warnock (6), RTE Sports Broadcaster and mother of two, Evanne Ní Chuilinn and Eamon Delaney (4) help launch a new mobile game developed by AgriKids to empower children to become farm safety ambassadors.
Mia Warnock (6), RTE Sports Broadcaster and mother of two, Evanne Ní Chuilinn and Eamon Delaney (4) help launch a new mobile game developed by AgriKids to empower children to become farm safety ambassadors.

There is a heightened risk on roads and farms due to poor visibility and hazardous weather conditions over the winter period and those with children are being asked to be especially mindful.

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The warning was issued at the launch of a new mobile game by AgriKids designed to empower children to become farm safety ambassadors.

The founder of AgriKids, Alma Jordan said: “There tends to be a lot of focus on farm safety during spring and summer which are the busiest time on our farms, but winter brings with it much poorer weather conditions making many farmyards and roads treacherous.

"For many farmers, the daily workload remains the same with animals needing to be fed and cows milked but the work is being carried out with a significant decrease in visibility as a result of shorter, darker days.  Many children are off school for at least two weeks at Christmas and may visit or find themselves out on the farm more often so safety needs to be front of mind.”

Her top 10 tips to keep children safe on farms:

  1. Children should never travel alone to the farm.
  2. When children visit the farm, farmers and parents should always explain the dangers.
  3. Hi vis clothes and accessories are essential in the darkened evenings and early mornings.
  4. After dark there should be proper lighting in the areas where people are working or visiting.
  5. Farm yards should be kept tidy and free from any hazards that may cause trips and falls.
  6. Extra clothing layers should be tucked in and jackets closed with no hanging strings to ensure they don’t get snagged or entangled in machinery.
  7. Farmers should only give children jobs that are suitable for their age e.g. feeding hens, stacking buckets.
  8. Farmyards are not playgrounds. Farmers should set up a suitable play area away from the yard.
  9. Farmers should lead by example and show children how to prevent farm accidents.
  10. Farmers should have a farm safety action plan and always have a first aid kit stocked and accessible.

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