March 4, 2010

Playing it safe during Farm Bureau Week

Playing it safe during Farm Bureau Week


News Release
Sheridan County Farm Bureau will be “Playing it Safe with Farm Safety,” for this year’s celebration of North Dakota Farm Bureau Week, March 7-13.
“As spring approaches, farmers and ranchers are calving and gearing up for work in the fields. It’s a great time to remind people to not get in too much of a hurry,” said Sheridan County Farm Bureau President Kevin Bender. “We had a number of farm injuries and deaths across the state last year, and we’d like to see that change this year. Hopefully, if we increase awareness, we can make a positive difference and see fewer of those sad headlines about an injury or death on the farm.”
Sheridan County Farm Bureau reminds people to:
Practice caution around farm animals – Although they look friendly, large animals are a major source of injuries, especially to children, on the farm or ranch.
Remember that grain bins and flowing grain can kill – Don’t take chances. Never enter a grain bin alone. Have at least two people at the bin to assist in case of problems. Use a safety harness or line when entering a bin.
Never break the rule, “No seat, no rider” - It can be especially hard when a child wants a ride, but it’s important to practice “tough love” and never allow an extra rider on any vehicle, whether it is a lawnmower, and ATV or a tractor. More than half of all child deaths on the farm involve a tractor or other vehicle with only one seat.
 


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