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’ is designed to engage Victorian primary school students in learning and discussions about farm safety in a fun and interactive way!
The competition calls on students to get creative and design educational farm safety materials and messaging based on this year’s theme, “Reducing Harm on the Farm”. We have also put together a range of interactive and engaging learning sessions to help you build the competition into your term 4 classroom activities.
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 the great prizes available for winning entries, we are also offering a $100 voucher to the first 50 schools that enter the competition!
How to enter:
The Farm Safety Creative Competition is proudly supported by the Victorian Government’s Smarter, Safer Farms Program.