The growing season in Alberta lasts about 120 days. That means farmers 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.
- Here’s how to stay safe in the fields during seeding season:Know where power lines are located on your property. 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, perform an inspection of your land/planting area. Check for debris, or any other safety hazards that may interfere with equipment.
- Make sure your first aid training is up-to-date and have a First Aid kit nearby. 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.