Winter Weather Precautions

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 warmer.
  • 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 Kids 

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 more information visit the website or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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