Put a Plug in the Noise


Kids not listening to you when you ask them to do something? Is it because they are ignoring you or are you just in a noisy environment? Do them a favor and reduce their risk of hearing loss. Earplugs are small, easy to wear and can be carried in a pocket without taking up much room!


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Farm Safety on YouTube

Ag Centers YouTube ChannelAre you looking for some videos on safety in agriculture? Well look no further! The U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers launched a fantastic YouTube channel late last year that is loaded with great videos.

The channel is a joint project of the 10 Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Ag Centers have created over 50 videos pertaining to working safely in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Topics include: respiratory protection, livestock safety, tractor and machinery safety, child development, emergency response, grain safety, pesticide safety, heat-illness prevention, ladder safety, and hearing protection. If you haven’t already, visit the page and learn more about safety and health in agriculture!

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The ABCs of Sun Protection

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International Helmet Awareness Day

A campaign called Riders4Helmets has one simple goal: to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing a properly fitted, certified helmet.

Riders4Helmets was formed in honor of 2008 Olympian rider Courtney King-Dye who suffered a serious brain injury in March 2010 when a horse she was riding tripped and fell. She was not wearing a helmet. Since the campaign started, International Helmet Awareness Day, today July 12, has been created to bring attention to the importance of helmets. So the next time you hop up in the saddle be sure to strap on a helmet to protect yourself from serious injury!


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Pool Safety with Dr. Lewis First

Are you taking your kids swimming anytime soon? Listen to Dr. Lewis First from the Vermont Children’s Hospital talk about what you can do to make swimming a safer family activity.


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Safety in the Show Ring

livestock safety 0Kansas State University Research and Extension developed a program to teach youth how to handle their show animals safely and without injury. The extensive program allows you to choose from six different animal catagories. After selecting an animal the user can choose to go straight to the lesson plan loaded with information, take a quiz, or watch a few videos. This would be a great tool for parents and 4-H leaders to use while preparing their kids for upcoming county and state fairs.

Livestock safety 2Click the here to check out the impressive program.


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Bailing hay the safe way!

It’s that time of year again. Hay harvesting time! If you are out in the fields today trying to get the hay bailed up before the coming holiday weekend, remember these helpful tips to make sure the task is safety completed.

  • Haying equipment is used only during the summer, giving you nearly a year to forget the safety warnings. Read the owner’s manual!
  • Drink plenty of liquids, eat regular meals, get enough sleep.
  • Make sure all guards and shields are in place on your equipment.
  • Never try to unplug the baler until you have disengaged the PTO, shut off the tractor engine, and put the ignition key in your pocket.
  • Never work on a baler until the fly wheel has completely stopped.
  • Make sure twine is properly threaded and the twine arm is adjusted and in good working condition. Do not feed twine by hand into the baler.
  • Stay clear of the discharge conveyor on forage wagons while operating.
  • Never try to adjust cutter bars, reels, or conditioning rollers without disengaging the power.
  • Avoid rushed movements when working close to the equipment, even when stationary, sharp edges can still cause injury.

IMG_0149Remember, no crop, no matter how large or valuable, is worth an unnecessary injury or death.

Content provided by Oregon State University and Integrated Plant Protection Center. More found here.

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