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With spring and the warmer weather comes planting season. The growing season in Alberta lasts about 120 days. That means you have a huge amount of work to do, and a small window of time to do it. This can lead to a sense of urgency, which in turn can lead to accidents, damage, and fatalities.

That’s why it’s important to do a few things to make sure this planting season is a safe one.

As we mentioned last month, it’s imperative to know where power lines are located. Contacting a line can result in loss of electricity service for you or your neighbours, as well as serious consequences like injury or death. Additionally, the cost of repair to some power lines, is the responsibility of the person who caused the damage.

Before you start seeding, a good practice is to perform an inspection of your land/planting area. Check for debris, or any other safety hazards that may interfere with equipment.

Finally, ensure your first aid training is up-to-date and make sure a first aid kit is always nearby and that everyone knows where it is. When it comes to emergency situations, everyone should know the safety procedures such as when to stop, when to go for help, and what to do in an emergency.

Agricultural equipment is growing and farming is Alberta’s third most hazardous industry. It’s important that everyone involved is knowledgeable about safety practices as well.