I cannot believe it has begun already! I saw the first corn of the year out of the field already and that means that harvest has officially begun. Along with harvest this year goes safety concerns. This year especially, being an extra dry year, farmers should consider the real threat of fires aboard their combines. A good practice would be to carry a couple of fire extinguishers aboard and check them for readines of operation and functionality before hitting the fields. Turn the fire extinguisher upside down and pound on the bottom of the extinguisher with your hand to shake up the settled material within. Have them checked if you're not sure if they are up to date or replace them if needed.
I actually know a farmer that was going full steam ahead last year and his combine was on fire. It gives new meaning to the term "blazing through the field"! On fire in the middle of a dried corn or bean field is not a pretty picture to paint. The fire department is many minutes away and the action you take in the first few minutes can determine your safety and the fate of your field.
Every year farmers deal with many dangers around the farms and fields of America. Slow moving vehicles, moving parts on equipment, and electrical hazards are all a part of their daily routines as they go through their busy routines. Farm safety should be an ongoing practice on the farm and now that the harvest season is upon us, now is as good a time as any to check for potential safety problems.