Extreme heat is perhaps the most dangerous risk on farms and ranches. Many farmers cannot stop work when temperatures are dangerous. There are, however, some prudent steps farmers can take — starting with staying hydrated. Planning strenuous activities for mornings or after sunset is advisable when possible. Frequent water breaks and a few minutes of rest will help, too.

Heat exhaustion is serious, and a heat stroke should be considered a major medical event.

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