Beat the heat this summer

The summer warmth can do wonders to your growing crops, your grazing livestock, and your planned family getaways, but every summer it seems like there are days that get a little too hot for our liking. No matter your geographical location, when temperatures rise it can pose a great challenge to your farming operation.

The National Weather Service provides us with some great information on how to beat the summer heat. Here are a few questions you may be asking yourself in the next few months:

What is the difference between a heat watch and a heat warning or advisory?

Heat Watch: A Watch is issued when the risk of a heat wave has increased but its timing is still unknown. This is a good time to think about reassigning your daily chores or tasks to cooler times of the day.

Heat Warning/Advisory: A Warning or Advisory means an excessive heat wave is expected in the next 36 hours. So this is the time to definitely reschedule your outside tasks and only be outside for short periods of time or during the coolest hours of the day.

What can I do to reduce my risk of heat exhaustion?

  • Slow down. Reduce and reschedule outdoor activities until the coolest time of the day.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to keep you cool. Drink plenty of liquids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Spend more time inside. Air conditioned homes or buildings are a great place to find refuge on hot summer days. Plan to do some shopping or work on machinery in the shop during the hottest part of the day.

How hot does the inside of my car actually get?

Beat the Heat - Check the Backseat!On an 80 degree day the inside of your car can reach about 125 degrees within 60 minutes. In, 2012 there were 32 children killed by heat exhaustion because they were left in the car. A safe way to avoid this? Never leave your kids in the car, no matter the reason or the season!

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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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