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Play It Safe: Tips for Preventing Cold-Weather Injuries

Many farm-related activities, such as feeding the cattle and plowing
the farm yard, must be done no matter what the thermometer reads. That’s why
it’s important for farmers to take special precautions, so the cold
temperatures don’t take their toll.

To prevent injuries caused by cold weather, Farm Safety For Just Kids

  • Wear warm, loose-fitting, layered clothing,
    preferably wool.
  • Stay dry; wear water-repellent outer garments.
  • Wear mittens instead of gloves. Mittens allow
    your fingers to remain in contact with each other, enabling your hands to stay
  • Cover your head and ears. The head, neck and
    ears lose heat faster than any other part of the body.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol
    actually causes the body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Watch for frostbite and other signs of
    hypothermia like numbness or disorientation.

If you suspect frostbite or hypothermia, it’s important to:

  • Seek immediate shelter in a warm place.
  • Handle any frostbitten area gently. Don’t rub
  • Replace cold, wet and clothing with dry items.
  • Warm the body gradually, not by a stove or fire.
  • Contact your local emergency medical services
    for help with frostbite or hypothermia.

Farm children are at risk whether they are helping out with the chores
or just enjoying the many adventures that might exist on a sunny, but bitterly
cold day. Snowmobiling, sledding or just having a snowball fight with Grandpa
may be dangerous.  Children may not be
able to identify the signals of danger, so help them stay safe by monitoring
their actions 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.  Play it safe
this winter! 

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