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Harvest and Farm Safety

Harvest season is in full swing.  Do you know how to keep yourself and your children safe?  Here are a few helpful hints to keep all of us safe this harvest season:

1.  Be mindful of farm equipment when on the road.  Remember that large farm equipment has a lot of blind spots.  These types of machines do not move very fast, so slow up way in advance to prevent rear-end collisions.

2.  Do not enter grain bins without turning off all equipment first to prevent being caught up in an auger.  Also make sure someone is aware that you are in a grain bin and if possible use a safety harness to prevent falls when climbing on grain bins.

3.  Make sure that you are well rested when manipulating large farm equipment.

4.  Eat properly to keep your energy levels up.

5.  Keep an open line of communication with farm hands and/or family as to where you will be working and when you will be home.

6.  Be careful when taking prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.  Some of these medications may make you drowsy, so if you can alter when you take these medications to prevent drowsiness during the day do so.

7.  Teach your children to stay clear of big machinery and augers – make sure that they are seen before they approach someone utilizing farm equipment.  The best way to keep your child safe around farm equipment is through education.  Enrolling your child in a Farm Safety Course would be a great way to teach your child how to be safe in the farm setting.