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Winter weather brings potential hardship: Prepare now
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

November 12th through the 16th is National Winter Weather Awareness Week which makes it a great time to review a few winter safety topics on the farm and in the automobile.

Check out the cars and trucks that you drive. 

  • Is the antifreeze at the correct level?
  • Check to be sure that your windshield washing fluid contains an anti-icing agent.
  • Make sure that your wiper blades are in good repair.
  • Check your spare tire and make sure it is in good shape with correct air pressure.
  • Put a flash light, a few extra items of clothing and a blanket behind your seat or in your tool box in case of an emergency.

Be prepared for a power outage.

  • Keep flashlights, candles, & matches in a designated place in your home so that they are easy to find if the lights go out.
  • Generators come in handy when a power outage occurs, but be sure to use caution and avoid carbon monoxide gas.
  • Never bring a generator into a garage or any other part of the dwelling.

Keep children and animals away from frozen farm ponds.

  • Educate your children on the dangers of playing around frozen ponds.

Know the signs of hypothermia

  • Early signs are shivering, fatigue, loss of coordination,  confusion and disorientation.
  • Late signs are no shivering, blue skin, dilated pupils, slowed pulse and breathing, loss of consciousness)

Have your fireplace or wood stove chimney cleaned and checked by a professional.

  • This is very important to help prevent chimney fires.

Use extreme caution with portable space heaters.

  • Be careful not to place your space heater to close to anything flammable, to include fabric on couches, curtains, blankets, etc.
  • Never leave your space heater unattended.
  • Keep your heater out of reach of small children.

Check on the elderly and your neighbors.

  • The elderly are much more susceptible to having problems when the weather turns frigid and may need some assistance.  Be a good neighbor.

By taking the time to take care of these items, you will be able to enjoy a happy and safe winter season.

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