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Farm Injury Prevention
>>LES THOMAS: Farming's dangerous, one of the most dangerous in the, in the nation and, and so we always encourage everybody. Take a class. Learn CPR, learn basic first aid because of the dangers that people face on, during farming. Cuts, broken bones, working around equipment, things are dangerous and, and we know accidents can happen because we know those accidents are possible. We always encourage somebody to take course; know what to do if, if an accident does happen. We recommend that all farmers keep a first aid kit available; readily accessible so that if an accident occurs, they'll have the supplies they need to, to bandage cuts and to take care of broken bones and things of that nature, and, and I would recommend doing, doing some research to find out exactly what you need in that farm first aid kit. Anywhere from bandages to baggages and then we also encourage everyone wear the proper equipment and the clothes, the, the personal protective equipment that you would need doing your job on a farm from glasses, if you need glasses, to the clothing you wear, steel-toed shoes; things of those nature. Just to keep you safe while you're doing your job. CPR's important that if an accident happens severe enough to cause the heart to stop beating or someone to stop breathing, CPR is designed to sustain life and supply oxygen to the vital organs and sustain a man's life or a, a man's or woman's life until somebody gets there so that's, that's the role of CPR, sustain life until EMT shows up to take over. That's what it's for. Oh, there's tons of critters that all farmers are well-aware of from snakes and spiders, wasps, some of the nests that farmers will find and, and all of them can be dangerous especially to an individual who, who may be allergic to some of the stings or bites. Well we definitely recommend be prepared, and, and part of what you should have in the first aid kit is how to treat for those, but you can prepare well in advance before that happens from wearing plenty of sunscreen, insect repellants; things of that nature to make sure that you don't get stung in the first place and, and for, for folks, individuals who do know that they are allergic, always carrying the right medication that they're supposed to have with them and letting everybody else know where you're going to be at all times. Take your time. Make sure and educate yourself. What all the hazards are that you will face during a day at the farm and then prepare for those well in advance.