CASA launches first-ever Kids FarmSafe Week

Farm kids are the next generation of farmers and it’s up to the current generation to keep them safe.

This week, May 13 to 19, 2024, marks the first-ever Kids FarmSafe week hosted by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) with presenting sponsor BASF Canada.

Robin Anderson, director of programs and communications for CASA, says that this week is all about encouraging farm families and farming communities to #KeepKidsFarmSafe by raising awareness about health and safety risks for children and youth on the farm.

Between 1990 and 2020, 435 children and youth were lost to agriculture-related incidents. Anderson says that the highest incidents of deaths involving children on-farm happen to the youngest age group (4 and under) and most often by being driven over.

Robinson says that its vital that children follow their parents’ and grandparent’s example of working safely on the farm, but it’s also key that farmers communicate hazards and risks to kids who might just be visiting or less familiar with farm life.

It’s also important, she says, that kids be included in age-appropriate tasks that they’re mentally, emotionally, and physically capable of performing safely.

Everyone in the farming industry is encouraged to learn more about farm safety, especially as it relates to keeping the next generation of farmers safe, through the resources available at www.kidsfarmsafe.ca.

Wake up with RealAgriculture

Subscribe to our daily newsletters to keep you up-to-date with our latest coverage every morning.

Wake up with RealAgriculture