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A while back, we did a "Tip" which dealt with Farm Safety. That "Tip" mostly covered the safe handling of livestock. But there are many other aspects of Farm Safety. Much of this article by Robin Fazio appeared in the Tennessee Cooperator, the Farmer's Co-op monthly newsletter. I believe these points are important enough to repeat here.

Did you know that accidents are the biggest cause of death for persons up to age 44? Couple this with the fact that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations, and it is very likely that at some time you, a family member, or an employee could be injured in a farm accident. If there was an emergency on your farm, would you know what to do?

The way in which people react in the first few minutes of a medical emergency often makes the difference between life and death. While the best way to reduce the number of accidents on your farm is to remove risk-causing factors, it is impossible to completely remove all risk - from farms or from life in general. A rural farm is often far from a hospital, so you may have to care for a victim (or yourself) for a while until help can arrive. You should be prepared for emergencies by learning first-aid techniques. Here are some basics:

Because you will need supplies to administer first aid, prepare emergency kits and place them in all vehicles (including tractors) and buildings. Basic first aid kits for the farm should include the following items:

You can assemble these kits yourself or purchase them from the Red Cross. Do this now - don't wait for an emergency. When an accident happens, even seconds count. Someone will be depending on YOU. If you don't know how to help, who will?


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