Guest blog post by Tracy Schlater, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
Believe it or not, winter fires are common due to additional heat sources. Today I’d like to share with you a few precautions you can take to protect your family and your farm.
10 Ways to Help Avoid Farm Fires
Install smoke detectors on every level of your home. Be sure to place one outside each bedroom.
Test smoke detectors monthly. Replace batteries twice a year, regardless of whether you think it’s necessary. One easy trick for remembering to do this is to change batteries each time you change the clocks for daylight savings.
Replace smoke detectors that are 10 years or older.
Place fire extinguishers in strategic locations, making sure they are accessible in your kitchen, barn, farm buildings, and machinery including tractors and combines.
Plan your escape routes. Practice fire drills at home once a year. Show your children all of the safe ways to escape a fire from every room of the house and every building on the farm. Designate an outdoor meeting place and make it part of the drill.
Keep matches away from children.
Never enter a confined livestock area or housing structure if it’s on fire.
Install lightning rods.
Store gasoline and other flammable fuels in proper containers in cool places.
September 16-22 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, which provides a great opportunity to talk with your family members and employees about what should be done if the “unthinkable” happens on your farm.
Every farm needs a “what if” plan that outline expectations and a protocol for people to follow should something go wrong. Here are a few tips to develop such a plan:
Establish a check-in procedure for workers in remote areas.
Have an up-to-date layout of your farm, including locations of any potential hazard to serve as a resource for first responders.
Train your family and employees on CPR and first aid.
Put address markers at field drives to help first responders find you.
Include the address of each field and farm site in every driveable piece of machinery, along with emergency phone numbers.
All family members, including children, can play a big role in knowing what to do in a rescue situation. By working together with your local emergency agencies, your neighbors, family members and farm employees, you can assure the best chance of survival and recovery from farm tragedies.
Although the Iowa State Fair gets underway today, we’re making plans for our very own country celebration. Join us Saturday, Aug. 25, for a full day of entertainment for the entire family!
The Latham Country Fair gets underway at 9 a.m. with field tours and a craft show. Professional agricultural speakers take the stage, beginning with Dr. Fred Below at 9:30 a.m. Click here for the full speaker lineup.
It’s all fun and games for kids, beginning at 10 a.m. Kids of all ages can participate in a variety of activities including: pedal tractor pull, burlap bag races, train rides on the GBO Railroad, inflatibles, petting zoo plus intricate face painting.
A schedule of kids’ activities:
In addition to all of this, there will be presentations by Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and Ag in the Classroom. P.S. We’ve also planned special presentations for moms and grandmothers. Watch for more details to be posted next week about those!
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