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Linda GeistWriterUniversity of Missouri ExtensionPhone: 573-882-9185Email: GeistLi@missouri.edu
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Karen Funkenbusch, 573-884-1268
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Agriculture-related incidents injure 33 children every day, and every three days a child dies from one, says University of Missouri Extension safety and health specialist Karen Funkenbusch.
“Protecting our future generation needs to be a top priority!” she says.
Funkenbusch urges farm families to talk about child safety on the farm and to follow these three tips to protect the next generation of farmers:
1. Use personal protective equipment to help prevent health issues in adulthood.
2. Children visiting the farm need protection too. Children who are not used to the large equipment and animals on a farm need to be educated about farm safety at the beginning of a visit, Funkenbusch says.
3. Putting safety first means safety always and for everyone, Funkenbusch says.
National Farm Safety & Health Week is observed Sept. 18-24, 2016.
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