For the past 90 years promoting safety has been and will continue to be a priority for Minnesota Farm Bureau. Every family member must play an active role in the prevention of accidents. This can be accomplished through the identification and reduction of hazards at your home and on the farm or ranch.
In order to help you and your family get started evaluating the safety of your home, farm or ranch, here are a few questions for you to answer.
- Do all family members know how to call for emergency assistance?
- Do you have a list of emergency telephone numbers by every phone?
- Have you disconnected your phone and had every family member practice dialing and asking for emergency assistance?
- Can each family member give their full name, parents full name, address and directions, what happened and where?
- Do you have written directions that every member of your family can read by each phone?
- Have all family members been trained in first aid and CPR?
- Do you have a first aid kit in your home, car, truck and tractor?
- Do you have fire extinguishers clearly visible and near exits in your home, garage, truck and tractor?
- Do you check that all fire extinguishers are fully charged?
- Does every family member know how and when to use the fire extinguisher?
- Do you have designated safe play areas for children?
- Do your children perform only those chores they are physically and mentally capable of?
- Do you keep track of where family members are working or playing?
- When family members leave:
- Do you know when they are expected to be back;
- Do they routinely check in; and
- Do you have a plan if they have not checked in?
- Do you have a designated safe place for the family to meet if there is a fire or severe weather?
This checklist is just a starting point. I would encourage you and your family to utilize the additional resources listed below. Please invest you and your family’s time to think and talk about safety, it will certainly save a lot of heartache in the future. Be safe.