Farm Safety & Health Week

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nearly 700 youth died on farms in the United States from 1995 to 2000, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

National Farm Safety and Health Week celebrated this week focuses on preventing fatalities and injuries through its campaign, "Safety counts: Your community depends on it."

Safety counts for the next generation as well. Wednesday, Sept. 21 of Farm Safety and Health Week, has been set aside as children and youth day to highlight the importance of keeping kids on the farm safe and healthy.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is an organization that supports these initiatives and educates youth and their families about the dangers present in rural areas. Grinnell Mutual is a proud sponsor of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and partners with them to spread the message about farm safety.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids was started in 1987 by Marilyn Adams after the death of her 11-year-old son in a gravity flow grain wagon on their Iowa farm. The organization strives to educate children about all aspects of farm safety, including ATV dangers. Over 120 chapters and nine outreach coordinators across the United States and Canada conduct safety presentations in their communities to prevent injuries and fatalities among children.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids offers comprehensive educational packets on nine farm related topics. Background information is included, along with lesson plans, demonstration ideas, and materials to hand out to the kids in attendance. Additional materials, resources, promotional items, and demonstrations are available. For more information, visit www.fs4jk.org or call 1-800-423-5437.

Since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week, a promotion initiated by the National Safety Council (NSC). Today, National Farm Safety and Health Week is promoted by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner for NSC.