What if the worst happens?

So what if the unthinkable happens on your farm? Someone rolls a tractor, or gets their arm wrapped up in a PTO, or gets caught in a grain bin.

What would you do?

How can you plan ahead to get help there as quickly as possible?

Every farm should have a “what if” plan. Outline expectations and a protocol for people to follow should something go wrong.

• Establish a check-in procedure for workers in remote areas.
• Have an up-to-date layout of your farm, including locations of any potential hazard to serve as a resource for first responders.
• Train your family and employees on CPR and first aid.
• Put address markers at field drives to help first responders find you.
• Include the address of each field and farm site in every driveable piece of machinery, along with emergency phone numbers.

In the event you have to call for help:

1. Stay calm and listen carefully to the questions and instructions given by the dispatcher.
2. Note any special access requirements, such as four-wheel drive for a muddy field or other extraordinary circumstances.
3. Do not move the victim until professional emergency responders arrive unless life-threatening conditions exist.

All family members, including children, can play a big role in knowing what to do in a rescue situation. By working together with your local emergency  agencies, your neighbors, family members and farm employees, you can assure the best chance of survival and recovery from farm tragedies.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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