Remote areas can lead to longer response times

The open space and distance of rural living can mean working in remote areas alone. If an accident happens, it may take time for someone to make the initial call for help. It also means it will take longer for emergency responders to reach you. Communication is key!

  • Never work alone
  • Have a cell phone or two-way radio on you at all times
  • Always let others know where you are and check in regularly
  • Know the geographical location of your farm
  • Provide EMS with landmarks and reference points to direct them to the right spot
  • Consider posting location information around the farm for all to see or carry it on a card in your pocket
  • Teach your children what to do in an emergency situation and how to call for help

There is a movement in Ireland to eliminate the uncertainty of a farmer’s location and aid the rescue team in getting to the injured person in a timelier manner. Read more from The Scottish Farmer.

 

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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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