A safety expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences encourages growers to take steps to prepare for emergencies, especially during the winter months. Advanced planning can help decrease the risk for excessive damage or injuries.
“Having an emergency plan for a farm put together in advance before the moment of an emergency will help you be more effective in how you respond and will also help keep the rest of the people on the farm out of harm’s way,” says Kent McGuire, an Ohio State University Extension agricultural health and safety specialist.
McGuire encourages growers to have their local fire department visit and assess the potential problems that could arise in the event of an emergency.
“It’s no different than your local fire department visiting the local grain elevator or food production facility in advance to understand the layout and what emergency protocols are in place before a crisis situation,” says McGuire. “It’s a great way to get first responders and the farm on the same page prior to an emergency.”
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