Farm safety kits aim to teach important lessons early

A child-sized safety vest is part of an activity kit on farm safety available through the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.
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There’s a pair of new activity kits for farm kids and youth, both aimed at keeping them healthy but in different ways.

The BASF Safety Scouts program is billed as “a fun and interactive way to support family farm safety.”

The ag company has partnered with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) on the kits, which includes an adjustable CSA-compliant child-sized safety vest along with safety-themed activity and colouring sheets.

The kits are free (three per family) and can be ordered by going to the ‘For Kids’ page on the CASA website. This section of the website has other resources for keeping farm children safe, including Toolbox Talks for Kids and “a farm safety contract.”

According to Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting, 84 Canadian children and youth lost their lives due to agriculture-related injuries between 2006 and 2015.

As well, a new mental health activity kit has been created as part of 4-H’s Healthy Living Initiative.

The kit, called Unbox Your Mind, is intended to help youth to “get to know themselves better and find mental health practices and solutions that best fit their unique mental health needs.”

It has resource materials, tip sheets, hands-on activities, and strategies intended to provide youth “with a variety of ways they can explore different tools and strategies to discover what works best for them.”

The initiative is sponsored by Cargill and UFA. The kits were available to both families and 4-H clubs until the end of June but in a release, 4-H said a digital version would be made available for download.

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