Safety hazards shouldn’t deter you from your farm. However, thinking about safety and making it apart of everything you do on your farm is important. Make your farm a safer place, and you’ll be able to thrive on it. Here are some farm safety tips for you to consider:
Tractors and Implements
- Prohibit riders on tractor fenders, hitches, attachments or implements
- Shield all PTO powered equipment drive shafts, and keep kids at a distance from them
- Never start or run gas or diesel engines in an enclosed area without being assured of good ventilation
- Outfit tractors and farm trucks with fire extinguishers and first aid kits
- Never exit a tractor or truck without placing it in park or engaging the emergency brakes
- Never leave running power equipment unattended
- Check and maintain equipment, especially hydraulic hoses and electrical cables showing cracks or other signs of wear.
Farm Buildings and Grounds
- Perform a safety check of buildings and grounds for obvious fire hazards and hazardous material
- Store farm chemicals securely where kids and animals cant access them. Then make a list of chemicals for firefighters in the event of a fire on your property.
- Keep weeds and grasses trimmed so tractor and ATV drivers wont run into hidden obstacles and holes that can cause vehicle to overturn.
- Maintain clean and neat work areas with tools stored out of the way
- Establish a safety boundary around gas and diesel fuel tanks and other flammable substances
Personal Farm Safety
- Don’t wear loose clothing around equipment or work areas
- Use safety equipment the way it was intended. That means appropriate gloves, hearing protection and safety eyewear, not to mention face mask and respirators when working in dusty conditions.
- Always have a helper nearby when entering grain bins, breeding pens, or other high risk areas
- Discuss safety concerns with children as you explain safe handling and operating procedures. (Practice what you preach and they will practice it too!)