Cold Weather on the Farm

So harvest is finished and now you are done farming for the year right? For some this may be the case, but if you have livestock on your farm you are one of those 7 days a week, 365 days a year kind of farmers.

If you are one of those lucky farm families that get to work through all four wonderful seasons Mother Nature has to offer, you most likely will be feeding the horses and checking on the hogs in blizzard-like conditions while trenching through 3 foot of snow. This may sound like an exaggeration to some but many of us know exactly what that is like. In an effort to keep your family safe during the upcoming winter months here are some tips:

  • Wear warm, loose fitting layers, with the outside layer water repellent
  • Wear mittens instead of gloves if possible, they keep your fingers warmer
  • Cover your head and ears as they lose heat the fastest
  • Stay dry
  • Don’t drink alcohol, it causes you to lose heat faster
  • Watch for frostbite and hypothermia

Children require additional supervision and a watchful eye in the winter. Kids will keep playing no matter how cold they get. Encourage them to come inside to warm up frequently. Winter can be a beautiful and fun time of the year to enjoy the farm, if precautions are taken to prevent the cold from endangering those who are experiencing its glory.

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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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