If hubby says he’s stopping home to put air in the tire and you soon see this in the driveway…
you might be married to a farmer!
Since it’s Farm Safety Week, here are 10 tips to help prevent accidents on the farm:
- Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. (Even when it’s 3 a.m. and you’ve run out of coffee and have been running the combine for hours.)
- Don’t take on tasks that are physically and/or mentally inappropriate. (If this seems like an odd one, ask any older farmer about some of the jobs they were assigned as youngsters.)
- Include hazard and safety lessons when training others. (Which means don’t just tell me to hit the red button when “x” happens, explain to me why and what the consequences are if I don’t.)
- No seat, no rider. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Though I’ve heard a few tales from the past of baby seats in the tractor cab.)
- Use hydraulic equipment cautiously and control operations from the tractor seat only. (There’s no place for “Hey y’all, watch this!” in farming.)
- Never attempt to unplug equipment while power is engaged. (Pretty good advice for everyone.)
- Use safety identification markers, turn signals, flashing lights, and/or escort vehicles when driving farm equipment on public roads. (And for motorists, please be patient when you’re behind farm equipment instead of putting us/yourself in danger.)
- Carry a fire extinguisher on every piece of powered equipment. (And know how to use it.)
- If there are kids around, make sure they’re safe and keep them away from running machinery. (But see #2 and ask Farmer D about some of the stuff he had to do when he was a little guy.)
- Enforce basic safety rules for others…and FOLLOW THEM YOURSELF!
List based on info from www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture
Shall I have Farmer D weigh in on his top 10 list? (Or the tips he may need to work on?)
Farmer D and Dad went to get “some” firewood today.
This is what they came home with:
I guess this is his way of saying it’s chainsaw time again.
p.s. If you want to do something really nice for me…send Advil.
p.p.s. And lots of it.
Farmer D thought I was weird when he found out I went to Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery for entertainment purposes…but then I showed him the pictures.
Lakeview Cemetery is billed as “Cleveland’s Outdoor Museum” for a good reason – you cannot believe the history and beauty contained within its 285 acres.
According to the brochure the wonderful ladies in the office gave me, Lakeview Cemetery is the final resting place for people from all walks of life, but contains a number of famous people including President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, Carl B. Stokes, members of President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, Civil War generals and Revolutionary War soldiers…and 22 Cleveland mayors.
Though January is the wrong time to admire the trees and gardens, the architecture is simply stunning.
I spent over two hours wandering around, but could have spent at least two more. Guess that means I’ll have to make another trip in the Spring – I’m told the daffodil hill is worth the trip (there are more than 100,000 flowers!). AND I totally missed seeing the Tiffany-designed interior in the Wade Chapel.
As for Farmer D…maybe he was a bit jealous because was at the farm working (in the cold) on the new equipment building…
AND I got to go to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.