Water is the life blood coursing through every farm and ranch. Without it crops and livestock won’t survive. At the same time, it has the potential to put you in harm’s way.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, drowning was the second leading cause of death on farms. And living in a rural area increases the likelihood of drowning by three times when compared to urban areas.
Water safety tips on the farm
• Supervise children at all times when near water.
• Fence off ponds and lagoons.
• Install self-closing, self-latching gates.
• Provide personal flotation devices where swimming is allowed.
• Create a rescue tool by attaching a floatation device to a rope or long pole, and make sure everyone knows where it’s stored.
• Install proper safety shielding on all irrigation mechanisms.
Water is needed on the farm and ranch to survive and prosper. Stay safe and healthy by using precaution when around this life-giving element.
Must be 18-years-old to participate.