Question: When someone is overcome by manure gases, it is important for you to get that person out of the area as quickly as possible. True or False?
Answer: False. As animal wastes break down, several gases are produced. These gases are often trapped in manure storage structures that do not have proper ventilation. Of these gases, hydrogen sulfide is the most dangerous and is responsible for the most manure-related deaths of both animals and people. In low concentrations, this gas smells like rotten eggs. But at higher concentrations, it paralyzes the sense of smell. Within seconds of exposure, hydrogen sulfide can cause unconsciousness and then death.
NEVER try to rescue someone who is unconscious in a manure storage structure unless you have proper equipment and knowledge of the situation. Instead, call 911 or your local emergency medical service. Multiple deaths from manure gases are common because rescuers succumb to the same gases as the victim. It is important that children stay away from manure storage areas. Fencing/child-proofing the area is highly recommended.
This farm safety tip is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. For information on how you can keep your child safe and healthy on the farm, ranch and at home, go to www.progressiveag.org. To view a complete list of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days taking place in 2011, visit http://coordinator.progressiveag.org/cgi-bin/MySQLdb?VIEW=/safetydays/view.txt.
On the farm, it is always important to lead by example. Young children rely on guardians to supervise their activities to help develop an understanding of what dangers are and how to avoid them. Do you think that your children are old enough to fully understand potential dangers on the farm? Think again.
- Question: Most four- and five-year-old’s understand that one action leads to another, that behavior has consequences. True or false?
- Answer: False. As children grow, they go through a series of developmental stages. While physical changes are obvious, mental and emotional changes are difficult. Preschool children are developmentally unable to clearly understand cause and affect relationships. They should be supervised carefully and be provided with safe distractions. They need physical barriers, such as fences, gates and locks to keep them away from danger. No one, especially pre-school children, should be allowed to ride on machinery.
This farm safety tip is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. Safety should be a part of every child’s curriculum. For information on how you can keep your child safe and healthy on the farm, ranch and at home, or to HELP US KEEP KIDS SAFE ON THE FARM, go to www.progressiveag.org. To view a complete list of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days taking place in 2011, visit http://coordinator.progressiveag.org/cgi-bin/MySQLdb?VIEW=/safetydays/view.txt.
AGCO is a proud sponsor of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s (PAF) Safety Day® program, including their website, http://www.progressiveag.org (see previous post). PAF’s mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. AGCO will be posting a series of mini-quizzes from PAF filled with facts on how you and your family can stay safe on the farm.
The first mini-quiz topic is how to stay safe during thunderstorms; one of nature’s most unpredictable and violent occurrences. Knowing what to do in the event of a thunderstorm — no matter where you are — can make all the difference when every second counts. Quiz 1:
- Question: Lightening occurs only where it is raining? True or False?
Answer: False. Contrary to popular belief, lightening often strikes areas outside of heavy rain and can occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Many people also believe that “heat lightening” after a very hot summer day poses no threat. In reality, “heat lightening” is from a storm too far away for the thunder to be heard and it could be moving in your direction.
Most deaths due to lightening happen outdoors. Make sure all family members know what to do if caught outside during a thunderstorm. Here are some quick tips:
- In an open field: find a low spot, away from trees, fences and poles.
- If you are in the woods: take shelter under shorter trees.
- If you have no shelter: make yourself the smallest target by squatting low to the ground on the balls of your feet.
- Minimize contact with the ground and place your hands on your knees with your head between them when your skin tingles or your hair stands on end.
- If you are in a tractor or other vehicle, stay put, with your hands in your lap. Vehicles can provide better protection than lying exposed in open fields.
This farm safety tip is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. For information on how you can keep your child safe and healthy on the farm, ranch and at home, visit www.progressiveag.org. To see a complete list of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days taking place in 2011, visit http://www.progressiveag.org/content/view/22/15/.
Have you discussed with your children what to do if there’s a thunderstorm?
Hi! My name is Bernard Geschke, Program Specialist with Progressive Agriculture Foundation. I have been actively involved with Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® since the program was founded in 1995. I am presently responsible for annual training of more than 450 Safety Day coordinators. All together, I bring more than 18 years of farm safety knowledge and experience to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.
I am a member of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH, previously known as the National Institute for Farm Safety). Whether I’m working in a classroom or training in the field, you can always count on me to greet you with a warm smile and friendly “Hello.” In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family at the lake. I have three children with my wife of 35 years, Cindy.