5 tips for summer safety on the farm
Summer brings longer days and warmer weather. However, it also means a busier time for farmers. Before you tackle your summer farming to-do list, check out these tips for staying safe.
Beat the heat
Spending the day outside from sun up to sun down on a hot day takes a toll on your body. Pay attention to how you are feeling, and make sure to take breaks in the shade to cool off. It is also key to stay hydrated. Drink about eight ounces of water every 30 minutes on hot days. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fibers (like cotton) to help stay cool.
Summer is a busy time on the farm, and your machinery is getting a lot of use. Keep your machines in good working order to prevent accidents and other risks.
The sun's rays can be harmful even on cloudy days. Wear sunscreen and reapply often to prevent sunburn. It also is important to wear sunglasses to shield your eyes.
Protect yourself from summer pests, like ticks and mosquitos, too. Not only are these pests annoying, but they can also carry diseases. Use insect repellent to keep pests away, and check yourself for ticks before coming inside.
Keep kids safe
School is out for summer, which could mean more children on the farm. Take extra precautions to keep children safe by reminding them where they can and cannot go, keeping hazardous materials stored away, and warning farm employees to stay aware of their surroundings.
Review pesticide precautions
Take the necessary precautions when using pesticides. There are courses you can take to learn pesticide safety; in fact, certain states require training and certification to lawfully work with chemicals and pesticides. Always be mindful when working with pesticides and wear proper protective equipment.
Follow these tips to help everyone on the farm prepare for a safe summer.
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