2017: Farm Safety Week
Pictured talking about safety on the farm to five year old Ellen Conneely from Galway at the Agri Aware Family Farm in Dublin Zoo are Joe Healy, IFA President, Maura Canning, IFA Farm Family Chairperson and Richard Moeran, Chairman of Agri Aware
Farm Safety Week 2017 ran from Monday July 24 to Friday July 28 and closed with a focus on keeping children safe on the farm.
Engaging children from a young age on the importance of farm and countryside safety is crucial given the high percentage of farm accidents and fatalities that involve children. Therefore, learning about farm and countryside safety at a young age will allow children to take these important messages and lessons with them for life, and encourage safe practices on the farm into the future.
Pictured talking about safety on the farm to Éabha Conneely (age 2) from Galway at the Agri Aware Family Farm in Dublin Zoo are Richard Moeran, Chairman of Agri Aware and Maura Canning, IFA Farm Family Chairperson
Speaking about the importance of learning about farm safety from a young age, Richard Moeran, Chairman of Agri Aware said, “There is nothing more precious than our children and we must do everything we can to ensure their safety. Knowledge in the hands of children will empower them. We must ensure that our children are aware of the potential hazards and dangers on farms and I encourage all children and their parents to participate in Farm Safety week.”
Richard added: “Farm safety is a key focus of Agri Aware’s work, particularly in primary schools. We have worked closely with our founding patrons, FBD and IFA, in addition to ESB Networks, in delivering an engaging farm safety film, ‘Once upon a farm…’ which educates students and their parents about the potential dangers associated with farms and the countryside, reminding them that the farm is not a playground. Our seven-minute drama tells a story that engages audiences in a most memorable way and they will take these key safety messages with them for life and into their homes. The more people who watch this video, the more lives we can save.”
2016: Agri Aware's Farm Safety DVD - Once Upon A Farm...
Agri Aware has produced a child safety drama, aimed at communicating the importance of farm and countryside safety to primary level students. This interactive educational resource, entitled 'Once Upon a Farm', will assist teachers in educating their students about the potential dangers associated with farming and agriculture, and is part of a national strategy, aimed at reducing the number of accidents on farms and in the countryside.
Engaging students from a young age on the importance of farm and countryside safety is crucial given that four out of eighteen farm fatalities in in 2015 involved children. In addition, some 90% of farm accidents involve an unsafe act, with machinery being the most common cause of farm-related deaths, followed by livestock and drowning. Therefore, learning about farm and countryside safety at a young age will allow students to take these important messages and lessons with them for life, and to their homes and wider communities.
From May, schools will be able to give us feedback on the DVD.
Here, we invite students to share their stories, explain what they learned by watching the DVD and tell us what they plan to do in terms of promoting farm and countryside safety in their schools, at home and in their communities.
Curriculum-linked activity sheets aim to compliment teachers' lesson plans. Updated activity sheets will be FREE to download here during the school year.
For more information on farm and countryside safety, click HERE!
2016: Agri Aware's Farm Safety Trail
The aim of Agri Aware’s Safety Trail is to help you realise the dangers that exist on the farm, helping to keep you safe every time you play on the farm!
Complete Agri Aware’s Safety Trail using our 6 posters, which you can download here
Use these posters to help you solve the following slogan:
To ______away from ______ , ______ look ______ on ____ ______!
2014: A-maze-ing educational initiative at the National Ploughing Championships
Sean O’Brien, International Rugby Player and FBD Brand Ambassador, launched the Farm Safety Maze at the National Ploughing Championships 2014 .
The maze, was aimed at educating visitors about the importance of farm safety and the initiative is a collaboration between Agri Aware, FBD, the IFA and ESB Networks.
Educating people of all ages about farm safety is vitally important, considering that the volume of fatal farm accidents in Ireland each year.
The Farm Safety Maze will tested Ploughing visitors’ knowledge of farm safety. The visitors were invited to answer key farm safety questions to reach the end point. The maze was visited by 26,000 visitors during the three days of the event.
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