Happy National Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. And I really mean it. Your awareness, when it comes to farms, ranches and your interaction with them, could save you from serious injury–or worse.
Despite all our best efforts, farming and ranching can be dangerous. Here at Texas Farm Bureau, we’re taking a moment to encourage you to “get out of my space.” That’s the theme for the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) this week, and it’s not as belligerent as it sounds.
Staying clear of certain “spaces” means staying safe. Start with large animals that may not always be aware of your intentions. Give them room. Stay out of spaces where farm equipment is moving, be it through a field of grain or on the highway. Keep some space between yourself and electrical currents.
There are more, of course, but the point is that farms and farm equipment can generate a lot of chances to get hurt. Space between you and that is a choice we can all live with. Be aware and be safe.
The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.
You may read this week’s editorial above or listen to the audio version.