It is Ag Safety Week in Canada. We are all invested in doing the job that we love safely, so we can do it for a lifetime. This week is a great way to practice some safety essentials before the season kicks off.
One of the things we do each year as we host trainees from various parts of the world, is explaining how 911 and emergency services work. This means that we talk about it, but we also do mock role plays to practice the conversations. The difficult reality of farm accidents or emergencies is that it could also be a child who must make this call. Prevention is critical, but accidents do happen. In those cases, preparation can be a critical component of a timely response. So, whatever your situation, take a few moments with the children and employees on your farm to practice emergency phone calls this week.
What to tell the dispatcher
1. The location of the emergency. (It helps to have a “go-to” list of land descriptions, GPS coordinates and/or emergency grid numbers in every vehicle and at home.)
2. The type of emergency (fire, rollover, etc.) .
3. The number of people involved.
4. The condition of the people involved (bleeding, breathing difficulty, etc.).
5. The type of aid that has been given (CPR, equipment shut off, etc.).
6. If anyone else is on the scene and/or available to meet EMS at the road.
7. Any prior medical conditions of the individuals involved.
8. Any hazards or challenges on the way to the site (livestock present, etc.).
Do not hang up unless/until the dispatcher tells you to do so.