Safety on the farm

farm equipment in harvest field

Harvest Safety Tips from Alliant Energy

Basic farm safety guidelines

Take a moment to review these guidelines, and keep them in mind whenever you’re working around electricity.


  • Keep all electrical devices, including extension cords, away from animals, water and damp areas.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles on all outlets outside or near water sources.
  • Keep all power tools, motors and other electrical equipment in good repair.
  • Check equipment, cords and plugs frequently for signs of fraying, cracking or scorching.
  • Keep all cords neatly secured and out of traffic areas.
  • Tag or guard the fuse or breaker switch if you need to turn off the power so no one else turns it on while you work.
  • Call before you dig. Dial your state’s One Call service at least three days before you dig to have underground utility service lines marked.
  • Look up for overhead electrical lines when moving tall equipment.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of all overhead and underground power lines, utility equipment such as meters and transformers, and the service panel at each of your buildings.


  • Cut off the third grounding prong on a plug. The grounding conductor acts as a protection between electrical wire and people or animals near the wire.
  • Use extension cords, power strips, outlet extenders or three-prong/two-prong adapter plugs as permanent fixtures. These devices are designed only for temporary use and can overheat or overload a circuit, risking an electrical fire.
  • Use oversized fuses. Circuits are designed for a given amount of current only.
  • Use oversized circuit breakers. Circuits are designed for a given amount of current only. Allowing more current to flow than designed is an electrocution and fire hazard.
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