A Note From the Chief…Safety

In the local area this past spring, there have been Around Water tragic accidents of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and manure pit drownings. These are two dangers that are more widespread than commonly thought.

It is easy to become complacent and rationalize, “It always happens to someone else.” However, today or tomorrow that someone else could be you or your family. I urge you farmers to never work alone at a manure pit, and if rescue is necessary, call 911 to get trained rescuers to respond.

You owe it to your family and yourself to evaluate your home, farm or business and make changes if you find unacceptable risks. The best plan is to install CO detectors in your buildings and educate your family about the 911 System.