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Preparing for an emergency

Harvest season is right around the corner, and with it come risks of injury or death on the farm.
Modern farming involves larger and more sophisticated equipment than at any time in human history. That also can pose risks to farmers, especially if proper safety procedures are not followed.
Stephanie Beranek, ambulance director of Jackson Emergency Medical Services, says it’s important for people to know what to do in the event of an emergency.
“From our standpoint, the biggest thing is that you need to make sure everyone on the farm knows if something happens to call 911 and that they are able to say the address of where they are,” Beranek said. “That way, when you’re answering the operator, you can get that information across.”
Those tips might sound simple, but they can save lives, as evidenced by an accident that Beranek responded to recently.
“There was not that long ago an accident that the kids handled very well,” Beranek said. “The father got knocked off the tractor and had some injuries, and the kids were able to shut the equipment down and they knew to call 911. They were able to give their address and stay calm.”
Farming is often a family business, Beranek said, and it’s perfectly fine for kids to help out as long as they’re always under careful supervision by an adult and know the proper safety protocols.

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