Todays tips are a friendly reminder about safety on the farm.
According to the USDA, the annual injuries on a farm are 42,000
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
Animals were the primary source in 21 percent of the
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
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
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.