Dangers of working in the heat

Farming is hard work. Combine the physical labor with the heat of summer and you have a recipe for danger. Heat exhaustion and stroke are scary and can be deadly. Keep a close eye on everyone working on your farm and do what you can to prevent heat related issues.

  • Hydration is key
  • Take breaks in the shade often
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothes
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat (i.e. your baseball cap doesn’t count)

For more information about the dangers of heat, check out this piece from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.


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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One Response to Dangers of working in the heat

  1. You always have to be aware of the heat. Its always better to be safe than sorry. Like you said keep drinking water throughout the day. Take breaks throughout the day or at least try to work in the shade. Thanks for the post!

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