“Farms are often in remote areas where help for a medical emergency can seem like an eternity,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

“Many times a quick response is critical. If you know first aid, you could greatly improve an injured person’s chance of survival.”

She recommends taking a first aid course or going one-step further and organizing a course for a group of your family members or coworkers.

“Get information on first aid courses in your area that are specifically farm-related. You will be trained to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to deal with wounds, burns, fractures and shock.”

Minimum basics for first aid on the farm include:

  • getting first aid training and updating when needed
  • placing well-labeled first aid kits in farm buildings and machinery
  • listing emergency numbers at each phone or in each worker’s mobile, along with legal land locations or rural addresses to give to the emergency operator
  • if possible, having a mobile phone when working in the fields
  • staying calm in an emergency, administering first and then seeking proper medical attention as necessary

“Detailed and current information is readily available on the internet,” she adds. “Many websites list several types of first aid kits. They take into account the number of workers and distance from the main work site along with other helpful information to help you get prepared for your specific operation.”

She adds that every farm family should have several first aid kits.

“By having a complete first aid kit in each busy work area, such as in the tractor, shop or kitchen, you can be prepared to save a limb or even a life should an incident occur.”

“Putting together your farm first aid kit begins by looking around your home. Use your imagination. Make dressings and bandages from old sheets, and hockey tape can be substituted for adhesive tape. Items can be stored in a protective container such as a clean toolbox or a small picnic cooler that latches shut. Start your search for these items today.”

Contact

To connect with the Alberta Farm Safety Program:

Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276)
Email: farm.safety@gov.ab.ca