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Summer safety tips for Kansas farms

Summer safety tips for Kansas farms

By Scout Nelson

As the peak of summer approaches in Kansas, Tawnie Larson, a project consultant at Kansas State University, shares crucial advice for farmers braving the heat.

Larson emphasizes the importance of wearing appropriate clothing and taking regular breaks. "Wear lightweight, long-sleeved, light-colored clothing, or a cooling vest and take short, frequent breaks in a shaded or cool area to stay cool while working outdoors," she advises.

Technical cooling vests, according to Larson, function like portable air conditioners. "The vests use specialized fabric and fibers to circulate cooling products to keep body temperatures low during hot days," she explains.

Larson recommends using farming equipment with safety features like a non-collapsible Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) with a sunshade, enhancing safety and providing relief from the sun.

Each individual reacts to hot days differently, Larson advises farmers to listen to their bodies and avoid the outdoors during the hottest times, typically between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

She also underscores the importance of hydration and minimal consumption of sugary or alcoholic beverages, aligning with CDC recommendations.

The dangers of heat-related illnesses are a significant concern. Larson details symptoms of heat stroke, instructing immediate action: "Call 9-1-1 immediately. Move the person to a cooler place. Lower the person’s temperature with cooler clothes.

Do not give the person anything to drink." Heat exhaustion, though less severe, requires careful attention, with symptoms including heavy sweating, nausea, fast, weak pulse, headache, tiredness and fainting.

Larson's advice is not just practical but potentially lifesaving, ensuring that farmers can continue their essential work without falling victim to the harsh Kansas summer.

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