FARM SAFETY

Farms are exciting places for children to live, grow, explore and visit; however they can also provide unique environments and injury hazards.

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Farms are exciting places for children to live, grow, explore and visit. However they can also provide unique environments and injury hazards. Farms typically combine the family home and an industrial workplace, which means children are exposed to a wide range of hazards that aren’t present in urban home environments.

Common injury hazards for children on farms include machinery, vehicles (e.g. tractors, motorbikes and quad bikes), animals, water hazards (e.g. dams, rivers, creeks and animal drinking troughs) and poisons (e.g. pesticides).

Children in inner and outer regional areas of Victoria experience higher rates of death, hospital admission and emergency department presentation due to unintentional injuries compared to children in major cities in Victoria.

Safe Play Areas

A fenced area away from water, machinery and other hazards is a great way to provide children with a safe place to play on a farm. A safe play area should:

•  Be close to the home and clearly visible
•  Be securely fenced
•  Have adequate shade as well as a range of fun and interesting things for children to do

For more information on preventing farm injuries, please access the resources below.

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FARM SAFETY CREATIVE COMPETITION

Kidsafe Victoria’s Farm Safety Creative Competition has returned for 2022! The competition invites all Victorian preschoolers and primary school students to get creative and design educational materials that promote injury prevention on the farm, to learn about farm safety in a fun and engaging way. 

This year’s theme is ‘Farm Safety Heroes’, which centres around how we can all play a part in making the farm a safe experience for everyone, whether we live, work on, or are visiting a farm. 

The winning entries form the basis of a farm safety education campaign targeting Victorian parents and carers with important information on farm safety, which will run in early 2023.

On top of great prizes available for winning entries in all categories, we’re also offering a $500 voucher to the three schools with the highest number of entries submitted

How to enter

Competition entry is free and open to all regional and metropolitan schools, early childhood centres and families in Victoria. Children can enter as a class, in a group or individually in their choice of entry type, including a video, radio ad, illustrated story, comic strip, poster or collage. 

Entries open Monday 7th March 2022 and close Friday 4th November 2022.  

To get started, please download the relevant competition pack below. Packs contain full details on the competition, entry templates and a range of learning resources and activity sheets to engage children about farm safety in your classroom, early childhood centre or at home.

The Farm Safety Creative Competition is proudly supported by the Victorian Government’s Smarter, Safer Farms Program.