Winter is one of the riskiest times of the year for farmers. From the chilling temperatures to the hazards which can be buried beneath the snow, there are so many elements to watch out for. Here is how you can stay safe as a farmer this winter:
1. Dress in Layers
Dress in as many layers as you need to. Remember, it is always better to wear layers and take them off rather than not wearing enough. Also, remove any layers immediately if they get wet to ensure you stay as warm as possible.
2. Wear Gloves
Find gloves with excellent insulation and flexibility. You need different gloves if you cannot move your hands enough in your gloves to use your equipment correctly. Although, your gloves must be thick enough to keep your hands warm and free of frostbite.
3. Wear Adequate Shoes
Ensure your boots have rugged soles and enough insulation to keep your feet warm. It is also beneficial to have rubber traction to prevent slipping in the snow and ice.
4. Understand Your Land
Make sure you know the ins and outs of your land. Snow can easily make ponds, lakes, and lagoons seemingly disappear in the winter. The best way to avoid a water accident is by fencing or staking off the water, but if that is not possible, ensure you know its location.
5. Do Not Go Outside if Unnecessary
Getting frostbite in freezing temperatures is much easier than you may think. If you can wait another day until the wind dies down or temperatures rise to do your farm work, you should.