Be Careful Around the Kids

I just heard on the news today that a little 4 y.o. boy died after being run over by a lawn roller. That makes for a tragic day in our county. As you pray for this family, please also keep in mind how quickly fun can turn into tragedy. Be extra cautious when working around children or keep them far away from your work. Here are some things to keep in mind when your kids are near you while working in the yard or on the farm. These are just off the top of my head, I’m sure you can think of more and I’m sure there are brochures and safety bulletins with more as well.

  • Keep the kids in the house while mowing lawn. Debris can shoot hundreds of feet out from under those spinning blades and has been known to be very powerful upon contact.
  • If you must drive a tractor, atv, etc with a child, they should be old enough to hang on tightly and should be able to be seated, not standing, and should stay that way the entire time the equipment is moving.
  • Talk to your kids in a very serious voice about the importance of following the safety rules.
  • Talk to your kids in a very serious voice about each specific rule and explain to them what could happen if they break the rule. This may sound harsh but children often feel invincible and they need to know what could happen.
  • If the child breaks a rule or almost breaks a rule, they should immediately be taken off the equipment. Second chances could lead to serious injury or worse.
  • If the equipment has recommended safety gear- use it for both you and your child! Example- ATV safety gear consists of helmet, goggles, gloves, long pants, and long sleeve shirt.
  • If the equipment has Caution labels, read them to your child and explain what it means and what the picture is showing.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not trying to take away your fun! My husband is extremely cautious and was taught by his father to be extremely cautious. Many people come to our farm who are not as cautious and tend to think he is over-cautious. But just think for a moment- if a child was injured or worse yet, killed because of an adult’s carelessness on equipment, would the adult go on with their life as normal? Would your life go on as normal? NO. You would never be the same.

And don’t tell me that you lived to adulthood without all the safety gear and so you believe your kids will be alright too. Scientists have been working these years between your childhood and adulthood to increase the life expectancy of every person on this earth and part of their research has been in the area of safety. God didn’t teach them this stuff to ruin our fun, He gave them this knowledge to help us live longer and happier lives.

This is something that I remind myself of all the time and that my husband reminds me of when I get a little lax in how I handle the boys. That’s why I’m writing today because I need to work on it too!

Now go get your kid out of that padded room you just locked him in! Talk to him/her, hug them and send them outside for some fresh air!


God is good- all the time. . . . 40.gif


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