The National Educational Center for Agricultural Safety kicked off its annual Farm Safety awareness campaign this week, with seven days dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of working on farms.
As ATVs become more and more popular on farms for both work and recreation, the group decided to focus this year's efforts on raising awareness about ATV safety. The slogan "Work Smart. Ride Safe," promotes the use of the vehicles while also attempting to warn riders about the potential dangers.
According to the most recent data compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, ATV fatalities and injuries were on the decline in 2008. Yet the popularity of the vehicles in recent years means that that number could very well rise once more studies are completed.
The organization recommends the use of a helmet and proper riding apparel and the reading of all instruction manuals for adults. It also reminds family owners that any engine above 90cc should only be handled by a rider at least 16 years of age, while allowing ages 12 and up to handle engines between 70 and 90cc.
ATVs are not only fun to ride but can also be used for a variety of tasks. Those planning to purchase an ATV should be sure to plan to buy a motorcycle helmet alongside their new vehicle in order to ensure their safety while riding.