Clemson Agricultural Safety

Extreme Heat Safety – July 2024

Extreme Heat Safety

Extreme heat is defined as a series of hot days that are much hotter than the average. This type of event is the deadliest weather phenomenon, with more fatalities from extreme heat events than any other weather-related event. It is important to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, youth, and pets safe during extreme heat. Check out the tips below to stay safe this summer!

Stay Hydrated!

  • The average person needs to consume at least 3/4 of a gallon of water each day, or 96 ounces.
  • While outside, avoid sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages because this can drastically speed up the dehydration process as your body is using more water to process the beverages.
  • If you are sweating a lot, water may not be the only thing your body needs. It’s important to have a snack or drink a sports drink to replenish salt and electrolytes in your body.

Make Sure to Stay Cool!

  • If possible, stay in air conditioned locations as long as possible and limit unnecessary time outside.
  • Wear your best cool clothing as possible. Cotton is best during times of extreme heat because of its breathability.
  • Take cold showers and baths to cool down after being outside.
  • If you must be outside, attempt to schedule outside events during the mornings or evenings when it is much cooler outside.

Heat Cramps

Symptoms: heavy sweating with muscle pain or spasms caused by a large loss of salt and water in the body

1. Move to a cool place
2. Drink water or a sports drink
3. Seek medical help right away if:
a. Cramps last longer than 1 hour.
b. Person affected has a heart problem

Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms: heavy sweating, cold/pale/clammy skin, fast & weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness/headache/passing out

1. Move to a cool place
2. Loosen tight clothing
3. Cool the body using wet cloths, misting, fanning, or a cool bath
4. Sip water slowly
5. Seek medical attention right away if:
a. Vomiting occurs
b. Symptoms last longer than 1 hour or worsen
c. Confusion develops

Heat Stroke

Symptoms: high body temperature (greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit), hot/red/dry or damp skin, fast & strong pulse, headache/dizziness, nausea/confusion/passing out

1. Call 911 immediately
2. Move to a cool place
3. Cool the body using wet cloths, misting, fanning, or a cool bath
4. Do NOT give the person anything to drink

Ag Injury News Report – July 2024

Ag Injury News Report

5/20/2024: Young woman injured after car crashes into tractor
5/19/2024: Victim identified in deadly Dubuque County tractor rollover
5/17/2024: Grain bin entrapment kills 1 Missouri worker, sends another to KC hospital
5/18/2024: Connersville man killed in crash between tractor, motorcycle
5/11/2024: Child Killed on Farm in Rural Casselton In Dirt Bike Crash
5/6/2024: Father and son airlifted to Upstate Hospital after tractor accident
4/28/2024: SC father killed by bull that attacked him as he was repairing fence

Extreme Heat Safety Quiz – July 2024


1. What are the three heat-related illnesses?
2. How much water should the average person drink a day?
3. If someone experiences a heat stroke, what should you do immediately?
4. True or False: Extreme heat events are the deadliest weather-related events.
5. True or False: If a person experiencing heat exhaustion begins to vomit, you should put them in an ice bath.

1. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke
2. 3/4 of a gallon or 96 ounces
3. Call 911 immediately
4. True
5. False

ATV/UTV Safety – June 2024

ATV and UTV Safety

ATVs and UTVs are essential tools for many agricultural operations. These off-road vehicles provide transportation on farms that would be inaccessible with a standard vehicle. While these tools make life easier on the farm, they present many dangers, such as rollovers, pins, and collisions. Before operating an ATV or UTV, ensure that the operator is trained on how to operate and handle the ATV or UTV. Ensure that if a child is operating the ATV, the vehicle is suitable for their size and strength, and if they are operating a UTV, they are at least 16 with a valid driver’s license.

ATV Safety Rules

Always wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant helmet with goggles, long sleeves, long pants, gloves, and boots.

ATVs are not designed for roadway travel. Avoid riding on paved roads!

Never operate an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol! This impairs your decision-making ability and can result in injury or death.

Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV! This affects the handling of the ATV and can result in injury or death.

Supervise riders who are under the age of 16.


UTV Safety Rules

 Always wear your seat belt when operating a UTV and keep all parts of your body in the UTV at all times.

Never ride on paved roads. UTVs are not designed for roadway travel.

To operate a UTV, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

Never carry more passengers than the UTV is designed for.

Ensure that all passengers are large/tall enough to sit in the seat and fasten the seat belt.

Never operate a UTV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Want more information on ATV and UTV safety? Check out the video below!


ATV/UTV Safety Quiz – June 2024


1. How old must you be to operate an ATV without adult supervision?
2. When operating a UTV, where should all passengers be located?
3. True or False: Riding on a single-rider ATV with a passenger affects the handling and center of gravity of the ATV.
4. True or False: You must be 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license to operate a UTV.
5. True or False: You must use headlights when operating an ATV or UTV on a roadway.


1. 16 years old
2. All passengers must be in a designated seat with their seat belt fastened.
3. True
4. True
5. False

Lawnmower Safety Quiz – May 2024


1. What PPE should be worn when operating a lawnmower?
2. Where should your discharge chute be pointed when mowing next to a roadway?
3. How fast can debris fly out of the chute of your lawnmower?
4. Before removing grass or debris from the deck, what should you do?
5. True or False: It is okay to operate a lawnmower with a child in your lap if you do not have adequate child care.


1. Closed-toed shoes, ear, and eye protection
2. Away from the roadway
3. 200 mph
4. Turn off the engine to the mower
5. False

Ag Injury News Report – May 2024

Ag Injury News Report

3/8/2024: Authorities respond to fatality ATV, tractor accident in Sheridan County
3/8/2024: 11-year-old dies in Pasquotank County after being pinned underneath an ATV
3/4/2024: 94-year-old killed in Fremont County grain bin accident
2/26/2024: Rescuers free man trapped inside Curwensville grain bin
2/26/2024: DPS investigating motorcycle and farm tractor accident
2/25/2024: Victim identified in logging accident in Blair County
2/23/2024: 7 farm workers in van, 1 pickup driver killed in head-on crash in California

Lawnmower Safety – May 2024

Lawnmower Safety


  • PPE: closed‐toed shoes, ear, and eye protection
  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse
  • Always turn off the mower engine when removing any grass, cleaning clogged chutes, or crossing gravel paths and road.
  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers
  • Use mowers with adequate lighting or daylight
  • Keep all guards, shields, switches, and other safety devices in proper working order.


  • Is the chosen type of mower appropriate for the task? Are there other tools better equipped for the job?
  • Is the operator of the tool trained on how to operate the push mower safely?
  • Ensure the mower deck and discharge are free of foreign materials
  • Ensure that the blade(s) are (are) undamaged, unbent, and in proper working order. The nut is tight, and blade(s) is (are) not loose
  • Set height adjustment levers to the proper height. Ensure levers can move freely and are undamaged.


  • Check for bystanders.
  • Move the on/off switch to on, close the choke, prime the fuel line, grasp the pull cord handle firmly, and pull until the tool starts, then place the choke back in the open position.
  • When operating near or on loose material, be sure to position the mower so that the discharge is away from bystanders, fragile objects, and the road.
  • If operating near a roadside, look up often to ensure there are no oncoming cars.
  • Mow with discharge pointing away from trees to prevent ricochet of projected materials from the mower. Debris from the chute can travel at 200 mph.