Haldimand Fire Department issues safety reminders for farmers and motorists ahead of crop harvest

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—As peak harvest season approaches, Haldimand County Fire Department is reminding farmers and rural property owners of important fire safety precautions. Additionally, the department is urging the public to stay alert for slow-moving farm equipment on public roadways, slow down, and share the road.

Fire safety during harvest season

Tractors and equipment have many moving parts that generate heat. The combination of heat, freshly cut fields, and extremely dry conditions can be a dangerous mix. Farmers are encouraged to take a proactive approach to mitigate the risk of field fires, which includes having a water supply close by and equipment for tillage readily available.

Roadway safety for motorists

Farming plays a vital role in Haldimand’s economy, history, and identity. In the coming weeks, motorists can expect to see an increase in farm equipment on public roadways. Motorists are asked to:

  • Stay alert for slow-moving farm equipment, especially at dawn or dusk when visibility is reduced;
  • Slow down and be patient when approaching slow-moving machinery from behind;
  • Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic;
  • Never pass on a hill or curve.

Roadway safety for farmers

  • Make sure any farm equipment being driven on roadways is properly marked with lights and a “slow-moving vehicle” emblem;
  • Drive as far to the right as possible;
  • If traffic accumulates behind you on a road where it is difficult to make a safe pass, you should pull off onto the side of the road in a level area so the vehicles can pass.
  • If possible, avoid travelling on roadways at dawn or dusk when it is more difficult for drivers of other vehicles to see.
  • Always use a seat belt when operating a tractor equipped with a roll-over protection structure.
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