OFSA urges kids to Stop and Think

June 29, 2012 by  

The Oxford Farm Safety Association is sending a strong, clear message to kids to prevent accidents and improve farm safety.

“Stop and Think” is the message at the center of a forceful, action-oriented awareness campaign. John Van Grinkel, treasurer of OFSA, says that even if OFSA can save one child from a tragic accident, the effort will be well worth it.

Anafternoon seminar was hosted on June 16 by OFSA, with 50 local children near Woodstock in attendance. Lessons and tips in chemical warning labels commonly found on a farm, power take-offs, hydro, ATVs, and look-alike substances were at the heart of the farm safety day. Children were taught that awareness is the key to accident prevention.

Tragically, farm-related accidents happen most frequently in the months of June, July, and August, when children are at home and helping on the farm. Between 1990 and 2003, as many as 274 children aged 1-19 were killed on Canadian farms, and 2,828 children were sent to hospital.

The OFSA website provides a number of resources online for farmers, including fact sheets, farm safety publications, flyer printing, manuals, and other literature, all geared toward accident prevention. Downloadable posters, which can be taken to a printing company for large-format printing, are also available.

The Farm Safety Association, a not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1973 to help prevent work-related injuries in the agricultural industry. One of its principal mandates is to provide a variety of print, digital, and visual safety information, including the newsletter entitled FARMSAFE.