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Published November 07, 2011, 05:10 AM

Safety should remain a top priority as field work wraps up

PIERRE, S.D. — The end of the fall harvest season and field work is in sight. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and secretary Walt Bones want to remind producers not to become complacent about safety during these last weeks of harvest.

PIERRE, S.D. — The end of the fall harvest season and field work is in sight. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and secretary Walt Bones want to remind producers not to become complacent about safety during these last weeks of harvest.

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety at Northeast Iowa Community College previously reported that one in every five United States farm families suffers a serious accident each year.

Caution is key

SDDA reminds producers to slow down and be cautious during harvest and field work. Some things to consider:

- Know emergency numbers and have a means available to contact someone for help.

- Let someone know where you are working and when to expect your return.

- Be sure tasks are age appropriate for those children helping.

- Keep young children out of the work area and away from operating equipment.

- Adult ATVs should not be driven by children younger than 16.

- Keep PTO shield and driveline shields in place at all times.

- Have necessary protective clothing or guards in place and in good condition.

- Carry a fire extinguisher in all combines and tractors.

- Have a disk or a water tank available near the field in case of a fire.

- Clean chaff and other debris from the engine and other moving parts on a regular basis.

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