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Farm Safety

Farm Safety

Our mission is to increase safety awareness and provide educational resources to ensure the safety of farmers and their families. The KDA Farm and Home Safety Program conducts educational programs across Kentucky. Through the program's ATV Safety mock rescue, children learn the importance of safe choices. It is a lesson that can make a difference between life or death.

The Rollover Tractor Simulator program is the only one of its kind in the nation. It has a John Deere 4105 compact tractor bolted to a trailer 20 feet long and 8 feet wide. Push a button and the tractor turns over demonstrating the need to use the Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS). The simulator is sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Kentucky Fire Commission, Fire/Rescue Training Office, Dixie Firefighters Association, and Wayne Supply Agri-Business Division, Challenger Tractors; and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Safety Tips
    Livestock
  • Respect all animals; they can hurt you without intending to do so.
  • Never try to separate animals that are fighting.
  • Animals respond well to routine. Be calm and deliberate.
  • Always leave an escape route when working in close quarters. A people gate is essential.
  • Take extra care around breeding males and mother animals with young.
  • Always make your presence known to animal before touching it.

    Machinery
  • Read the owners manuals of your equipment.
  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Keep safety shields in place at all times.
  • Make sure exhaust systems are in good condition and leak free.
  • Always have clear rear vision when traveling on roadways.
  • Hitch towed loads to the drawbar and never higher.
  • Keep a first-aid kit and fire extinguisher on the tractor.
  • Never make repairs or adjustments to a working machine.
  • Always check for bystanders, especially children, before starting or moving equipment parts.
  • Always disengage equipment, shut the tractor off, and lock brakes before dismounting.

    Children
  • Children should not ride as passengers on any type of agricutlural equipment. The rule is one seat, one rider.
  • Some areas definitely should be off limits to kids ? grain bins, silos, manure lagoons, pesticide storage areas and even roadways where there is frequent equipment travel.
  • Never allow children to play in or ride on grain trucks, wagons or bins. Children can suffocate in grain, and it takes only 34 seconds for a child to be completely submerged in flowing grain.
  • Keep all chemicals and poisons in a locked storage area away from where children play.
  • Keep small children away from livestock, and make sure older children know how to act around livestock.

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