A new video and poster being launched by Feed Central for National Hay Safety Day on Sunday, October 25, aim to stimulate family discussion about hay safety.
Feed Central general manager Cieran Maxwell said the You Tube video and free poster were a timely reminder that making and storing hay can be a risky business.
"Every farming family and team need to be thinking about hay safety," Mr Maxwell said.
"We're in the middle of the season so it's an opportune time to remind everybody that hay can be dangerous."
The video features Ted Ford, the 8-year-old son of Feed Central managing director Tim Ford, doing a mock hay inspection.
The video and poster touch on five key themes; baling up good bales, storing your hay well, preventing fire, moisture checks, and taking care when stacking, loading and handling hay,
"Our poster and video are designed to encourage discussion around hay safety with your family and team," Mr Maxwell said.
"They are not a comprehensive list of every risk associated with making and using hay but we hope they can stimulate discussion and improve safety awareness."
Mr Maxwell said a lot of family members get involved in hay production.
"It's a labour-intensive harvest and everyone should be talking every day about the risks and what can go wrong and how to prevent accidents," he said.
Feed Central is also urging parents to make sure their children don't play in hay sheds.
"The days of young kids playing in the hay stack are long gone," Mr Maxwell said.
"It can be fatal if one of the modern big square bales falls on you."
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People can access the poster from the Feed Central website www.feedcentral.com.au.
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