One of the best ways to stay safe during the summer heat is to avoid spending time outside when the temperatures get particularly high. But we all know that farmers don’t typically have this option. There are cows to milk, crops to sow and plenty of other outdoor responsibilities to keep up with.
Because farmers spend so much time outside in the heat, it’s especially important for them to take extra precautions so that they can avoid heat stroke, sunburns and other heat-related dangers.
With this in mind, here are some important tips for staying safe when the sun is hot and the temperature is high:
- Dress accordingly – According to the American Red Cross, loose-fitting, lightweight, breathable clothing is ideal. Also, try to stick to light colors that reflect the heat rather than dark colors that have the tendency to absorb it.
- Eat small meals – The National Weather Service recommends eating small meals and avoiding foods that are high in protein.
- Keep your neck cool – As the Farmers Almanac explains, the body’s main temperature sensor is on the back of the neck, so it’s a good idea to keep this body part cool. Consider placing a cool compress on your neck on those really hot days.
- Wear sunscreen – WebMD suggests using a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. If you anticipate sweating, it’s best to find one that’s water-resistant, too.
By following these tips, you’ll be better equipped to avoid the dangers of the heat so you can continue farming safely and effectively!