‘National Farm Safety and Health Week’ kicks off Monday

Published 11:12 am Friday, September 15, 2023

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Everyone is an important part of their farm, family and community. National Farm Safety and Health Week starts September 17, with each day emphasizing an aspect of safety for farm families and others.

Monday, September 18 focuses on tractor and rural roadway safety. Whether you drive farm equipment or a standard vehicle, you can help make our rural roads safer. Slow down and be patient. Never pass farm equipment in a no-passing zone. Use turn signals before passing. Safe lives!

“Live today like you are going to die tomorrow, but farm today like you are going to farm forever” is a quote from Mike Biadsz. Tuesday, September 18 highlights health and wellness. Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, enjoy time outside but use sun protection and enjoy moving your body.

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Farms and rural areas are wonderful places for our children to live, work and play. We all have a role in keeping them safe while they grow. Wednesday, September 20 emphasizes ‘Priority Populations.’ Watch your children at all times. Accidents can happen in an instant.

On Thursday, September 21, the focus is ‘Confined Spaces in Agriculture.’ Be sure to wear the right equipment if working around things that could hurt your lungs, eyes or skin. An N95 respirator filters out small particles in the air, like dust, animal bedding and more.

Brain health is the emphasis for Friday, September 22. Work can impact mental health. Be honest about your feelings, seek support and share your experience with others who can relate and possibly help.


Submitted by Dianne Davis 

Polk County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee