The San Saba County Farm Bureau joined the Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance companies and the National Safety Council in promoting accident prevention during Farm Safety and Health Week, September 19-25, 2010. Agriculture is the second most dangerous industry in the United States, with 552 deaths and 70,000 disabling injuries reported this past year.
The theme for this year's national event is "ATVs: Work Smart. Ride Safe." The focus is on the importance of protecting the lives and livelihood of farmers and ranchers.
The National Safety Council reminds Farmer and Ranchers of the following:
ATVs have become popular for work and recreation on many farms and ranches. Unfortunately, reported cases of serious injury and death have increased along with their increased use. Most of these injuries and deaths can be attributed to improper use of the ATVs. Make safety a priority on your farm or ranch.
An ATV is not a toy. Children should not be permitted to operate an ATV without specialized training and they should be allowed to only operate an ATV of an appropriate size. Contact the ATV Safety Institute to enroll in a course.
• ATVs with an engine size of 70cc to 90 cc should be operated by people at least 12 years of age.
• ATVs with an engine size of greater than 90cc should only be operated by people at least 16 years of age.
• Wear appropriate riding gear: DOT, Snell ANSI-approved helmet, goggles, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeve shirt and long pants.
• Read owners annuals carefully.
• ATVs are not made for multiple riders. Never carry anyone else on the ATV.
• Any added attachments affect the stability, operating and braking of the ATV.
• Just because an attachment is available doesn't mean that it can be used without increasing your risk of being injured.
• Don't operate the ATV on streets, highways or paved roads.
• Are tires and wheels in good condition?
• Are controls and cable operational?
• Does the chain have a proper slack and is it lubricated?
• Is riding gear (including a helmet) available and worn?
Children and youth are at increased risk for injury and death for many other reasons. Most of these reasons stem from copying what they see adults do on the farm or ranch. This is a reminder to parents to set a good example and help keep kids safe.
The San Saba County Farm Bureau promotes public awareness of Farm/Ranch Safety and Health, and encourages everyone to work to reduce the hazards that impact the safety and health of youth in agricultural settings.