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Ag safety week highlights hazards facing farmers

Ag safety week highlights hazards facing farmers
Farming ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States. According to the National Safety Council, every year there are 20 farm work-related deaths for every 100,000 workers, which is six times higher than the combined average for all U.S. workers.



Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances

Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances
When the weather turns cold, some farmers and homeowners spend time in unheated barns or workshops, and some rely on wood-burning stoves or space heaters to heat the buildings.



Drivers urged to watch for farm equipment on highways

Drivers urged to watch for farm equipment on highways
Fall is one of the busiest times for farmers to move harvesting equipment on public roads. This is a fact Virginia Farm Bureau Federation members, like Will Roberts of Pittsylvania County, would like to drive home to those unfamiliar with farm machinery.



Now’s a good time to have chimneys, heating units inspected

Now’s a good time to have chimneys, heating units inspected
Fall is in the air. Before taking the chill off with your fireplace, remember to have your chimney cleaned and inspected.



Virginia drivers entering peak season for deer collisions

Virginia drivers entering peak season for deer collisions
Fall ushers in a sharp rise in insurance claims related to vehicle collisions with animals, especially deer.



Use caution when preparing holiday meals

Use caution when preparing holiday meals
Cooks spend more time in the kitchen during colder months and holidays, and it is important to remember to cook safely.



Tiny ticks carry big diseases; prevention is key

Tiny ticks carry big diseases; prevention is key
Ernest “Bing” Kallus is still recovering from the Rocky Mountain spotted fever he contracted from a tick bite 13 months ago.



Get youself—and your home—prepared for summer storms

Get youself—and your home—prepared for summer storms
Hurricanes often make more headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety cautions homeowners to not underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms.



Study finding: Adults not always using safety belts in the back seat

Study finding: Adults not always using safety belts in the back seat
Adults have gotten the message that it’s safer for kids to ride in the back seat properly restrained, but when it comes to their own safety, there’s a misperception that buckling up is optional.



Child safety guidelines for farms available online

Child safety guidelines for farms available online
A coalition of farm and ranch parents and agricultural organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, has released a set of guidelines to help parents and others in assigning appropriate tasks for youth who live or work on farms and ranches.



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