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 environment.
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:
For more information on preventing farm injuries, please access the resources below.
Kidsafe Victoria’s ‘Farm Safety Creative Competition’ has returned for 2021! The competition provides an opportunity to engage children to learn and discuss farm safety issues in a fun and engaging way.
Primary school students from across Victoria are invited to unleash their creativity and design educational farm safety materials and messaging based on this year’s theme – Think Farm Safe, Be Farm Safe. This year’s theme centres around encouraging children to take the time to stop and think about the potential injury hazards that exist on farms and to ensure that safety is kept front of mind at all times in the farm environment.
The winning entries will be utilised to form the basis of a farm safety education campaign targeting Victorian parents and carers with important information on farm safety.
Along with great prizes available for winning students, we are also offering a $100 RHSports voucher for the first 50 schools that enter the competition!
As part of this year’s competition, we are now inviting Victorian children aged 3 to 5 years to get involved and enter a collage in our newly added ‘Early Childhood Category’. Not only will the competition help children to learn about the importance of keeping safe on the farm and get creative, there are also fantastic toys and vouchers available for winning entries!
How to enter:
Please download the relevant pack below for full instructions and submit your entries by Friday 5th November 2021
The Farm Safety Creative Competition is proudly supported by the Victorian Government’s Smarter, Safer Farms Program.
Competition prizes have been generously donated by: