What we know about the effectiveness of farm safety day programs and what we need to know

Debra Moehle McCallum, Shannon Murphy, Deborah B. Reed, Deborah T. Claunch, Susan J. Reynolds

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Background: Farm safety day camps are grassroots educational interventions organized and conducted by members of a local community. These events are held in an effort to promote safety knowledge and behavior in children who live on family farms or are exposed to the hazards of the agricultural industry. Since the dramatic increase in farm safety day camps beginning in the 1990s, researchers have been called upon to evaluate their effectiveness. Purpose: The current paper reviews more than a decade of research, describing what is currently known about the effectiveness of farm safety days and suggesting potential methods for addressing questions regarding gaps in what we know about their effectiveness. Conclusions: The results of these evaluations indicate that farm safety days have a positive impact on children's safety behavior and knowledge; however, much remains to be investigated regarding the effectiveness and impact of these interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-29
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rural Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Childhood safety
  • Farm safety
  • Farm safety day camps
  • Rural
  • Safety education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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