Slip. Trip. Fall. Fire Extinguisher. What do all of these have in common? They are part of safety awareness on the farm as you enter the harvest season.
This week’s weather seems to be giving us a window of harvest opportunity. We know you’ve been preparing machinery and making sure that everything on the farm is in tip-top condition prior to this busy time of year.
But, have you thought about safety as you do your harvest prep? One of the big things we focus on at Landus Cooperative is slips, trips, and falls. When we’re moving as quickly as possible, it’s easy to miss a rung on a ladder or slip on a wet surface. Sometimes, that item that we’ve over-looked all year is the one to repair before things are too busy. Is there a rung on a ladder that is missing a bolt? Better to fix it now than to have it fail at a crucial moment.
Also, have you checked your fire extinguishers? Are they in proper working order? Have they been inspected recently? None of us ever want to have to deal with a fire, but trying to deal with fire and an extinguisher that won’t work is something we can avoid.
Here are some tips:
- Confirm the extinguisher is visible, unobstructed, and in its designated location.
- Verify the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle.
- Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position, and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full.
- Make sure the operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and facing outward.
Here’s hoping everything works as smoothly as possible for you and your operation and that you have a SAFE harvest.