Tip of the Week: Farm Safety

Todays tips are a friendly reminder about safety on the farm. According to the USDA, the annual injuries on a farm are 42,000 work-related injuries.

Of those injured:

84 percent of all work-related farm injuries occurred to adults who were part of the farm household, as opposed to hired workers.

Animals were the primary source in 21 percent of the injuries.

78 percent of the animal-related injuries were attributed to horses or cattle.

These statistics are not meant to scare you, just to remind you to watch out and be aware of your surroundings. To help you do that, here are some easy tips on staying safe on the farm:

Get plenty of sleep. Don't try to work with machinery or animals on three hours of sleep. Get the rest you need. And if you didn't get enough sleep, be mindful of that and don't push yourself too hard.

Stay on a schedule. If you can, it's best for you and your health to wake up at the same time and go to sleep at the same time each day. Keeping a routine will help you focus and concentrate without worrying about being tired.

Have a plan. Don't mentally list off your to-dos. Make a real plan of attack. Know what time you plan to do what and have the tools you need.

Take breaks. Eat a snack, drink water and simply sit for a while. It's important to take breaks during outdoor physically-demanding activities.

Find time to relax. Whether you take a walk or go for a run, read a book or watch a movie. Do something to take your mind off of the work and let you regroup.

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