HomeFarm SafetyFarmowners Safety Tips

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!)

 

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