Summer Safety Reminders
Summer is here and with it, new dangers that we must be aware of on the farm. This article from Successful Farming, does a great job at sharing safety tips, for spending a safe summer on the farm. With warm weather comes three main areas of concern: kids on summer break are back on the farm, potential health concern, and finally total sun safety.
- Farm Kid Safety
With school out kids will be back on the farm and playing outside. It is the perfect opportunity to remind them about farm safety rules. Make sure to establish areas where it is safe to play, need to ask, and off-limits at all times. When working/playing with animals ensure there is supervisor for younger kids and that older kids know safe handling practices. Finally, double check to make sure kids are not playing around machinery and always have their own seat and seat belt when riding along.
- Heat Stroke & Other Health Dangers:
The summer months can get hot and with out proper hydrating can take a turn for the worse. Know the signs of heat stroke: heavy sweating, cool skin, feeling tired and weak, and dizziness. To prevent this, make sure to stay hydrated, take breaks and cool off, and check in on others working outside. If a heat stroke does occur, move to a cool location, remove excess clothing, drink water and Gatorade to regain electrolytes, and cool down.
- Sun Damage
We have been warned about the importance of sun protection, and still many people do not heed this warning. While many of us do not think about the long term affects of the sun, prolonged sun exposure can greatly increase your risk for skin cancer and permanent damage. Take precaution and apply sunscreen that is SPF 15 or greater every two hours you are outside. Make sure to apply to areas like your ears, nose, and neck that are often prone to burn. Wearing UV protective clothing and sun glasses can also help to protect skin and eyes.