In the spirit of National Farm Safety and Health Week here in the United States, AGCO would like to share a message with everyone from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Make sure to visit our Safety tab to learn more about keeping your farm safe.
The shorter days of fall puts farmers and ranchers in a race against the clock during harvest. Factor in weather conditions and working hours always seem to be at a premium. With time and money on the line, a farm accident would grind harvest to stand still.
In addition manufacturers, like AGCO, have taken great strides to build safety features into equipment; however some potential hazards simply can’t be eliminated. Use guards and shields when possible and make sure everything is in working order.
The pressure of harvest often leads to fatigue, another major factor in farm accidents. Take your time and think safety. You can’t afford not to.
A few more things that will help make your harvest season a safe one for the entire family:
• Carry out preseason maintenance and repair several weeks before harvest.
• Clear plugged equipment only after the engine is turned off.
• All guards and shields should be secured before equipment is started.
• Wear comfortable, close-fitting clothing, including sturdy, protective shoes.
• Teach kids not to approach machinery while the engine is running and not to play on equipment.
• Always let someone else know where you’re working. Check in regularly.
• Avoid sleep deprivation and extreme physical exhaustion.
• Drugs or alcohol can impede safety.
Cheers to a save and abundant harvest!
This is another great farm safety message brought to you by Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Electricity is powerful. Agriculture relies on electricity to keep the barn lights on, to run equipment and to turn the alarm clock on every morning. Electricity is also a powerful hazard on the farm, one that demands respect.
Lack of knowledge and skill are the leading cause of incidents involving electricity. Teach children how electricity works, and what types of materials conduct electricity and which ones don’t.
Once youth are old enough, trained and qualified to drive farm equipment, teach them to lower things like augers before crossing under a power line. It’s also important to teach them to stay in the vehicle if they become entangled in an over head power line. If you’ve explained how electricity works, they’ll know touching the machinery while stepping on the ground will complete the circuit.
In addition, make sure overhead power lines are well maintained and have adequate clearance to avoid these situations.
Here are a few more electricity safety tips:
• Keep face plates on switches and outlet
• Keep electrical panels free of dust and debris
• Keep electrical panels covered to reduce shock and fire hazard
• Use properly maintained tools and equipment that is double insulated
• Do not use electrical tools around water
• Equip the shop area with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and use 3-prong grounding plugs
• Use undamaged electrical cords and do not carry tools by their cords
• Grip the plug, not the cord, to unplug a tool
• Switch off and unplug a tool before you change parts or clean it, or if it begins to smoke or burn
• Instruct children in proper behavior around and respect of electricity
Keep everyone safe around electricity. Prevent the electricity we need so much from harming the ones we love the most.
For more information about farm safety, visit http://www.fs4jk.org/.
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?