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CHARLESTON -- National Farm Safety & Health Week is Sept. 17-23, and with that comes an important message along with this year’s theme: “Putting Farm Safety into Practice.”

Illinois Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus in Illinois are joining the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety to bring the subject to light.

The theme serves as a reminder that it’s up to us to put farm safety into practice year-round, not just during this week. Conducting a “Farm Safety Check” each month is one way to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees.

Get started by making a list of safety checks you think are important when inspecting your farm. Keep the completed forms for follow up, future reference, and inspections. You can download a Farm Safety Check on the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) website.

Some suggestions for monthly Farm Safety Checks include:

  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Keeping Visitors Safe
  • Chemical Storage Areas
  • Grain Handling Safety
  • Farm Buildings & Shops

Dr. Robert Aherin, Professor, Ag Safety & Health Program Leader at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said, “In 2016, we had another very low number of farm deaths in Illinois, with 10 deaths. Our average for the past 30 years has been about 27 deaths per year.”

Do you have a monthly safety check plan in place? Put farm safety into practice year-round.

Contact the Coles County Farm Bureau at 217-345-3276 or at colesmgr@consolidated.net for more information on farm safety.

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