Farming is a year-round business which means whether it is
snowing, raining or sunny, farm families are exposed to all
kinds of weather. During the winter, the bitter cold can
be a challenge. Depending on the temperature, wind speed,
length of time outdoors, your physical condition, and whether
clothing is wet or dry, you could be in danger when spending time
out in the cold.
Here are some tips to take precautions to prevent injuries
caused by cold weather:
- Wear warm, loose fitting layers, preferably wool. Outside layer
should be water repellent.
- Wear mittens, if possible, as they keep your fingers
- Cover your head and ears as they lose heat the fastest.
- Stay dry.
- Don't drink alcohol which causes you to lose heat faster.
- Watch for frostbite and hypothermia.
Children require additional supervision and a watchful eye in
the winter. Often kids will keep playing no matter how cold they
get. Teach them the warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia, but
realize they may ignore the symptoms. Encourage them to come inside
to warm up frequently.
Winter can be a beautiful and fun time of the year to enjoy the
farm, if precautions are taken to prevent the cold from endangering
those who are experiencing its glory.
Source: Farm Safety Just For
Farm Safety For Just Kids is devoted to the safety and
health of rural youth by preventing injuries and
fatalities. For over 25 years the organization,
chapters across the country, and outreach coordinators have
provided farm safety education to youth and their families. For
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