Tip: Electrical safety

Electricity is a great advantage for farmers. But it can also pose a threat if not handled properly.

One particular concern on farms is over head power lines given the large equipment that must be moved around. The Missouri Department of Labor put together this great video on electrical safety on farms.

Including a 10 foot rule, which is law in Missouri, but a good rule of thumb for everyone!

Beyond that, keep these other safety tips in mind:

• Keep face plates on switches and outlet.
• Keep electrical panels free of dust and debris.
• Keep electrical panels covered to reduce shock and fire hazard.
• Use properly maintained tools and equipment that is double insulated.
• Do not use electrical tools around water.
• Equip the shop area with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and use 3-prong grounding plugs.
• Use undamaged electrical cords and do not carry tools by their cords.
• Grip the plug, not the cord, to unplug a tool.
• Switch off and unplug a tool before you change parts or clean it, or if it begins to smoke or burn.
• Instruct children in proper behavior around and respect of electricity.

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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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