Farm Safety: Electrical Tips and Tools

Any good farm manager knows that you have to wear many hats to have an efficient, effective operation. Today, Jason Jackson talks about wearing your electrician's hat as a poultry farmer.
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Any good farm manager knows that you have to wear many hats to have an efficient, effective operation. Today, Jason Jackson talks about wearing your electrician's hat as a poultry farmer.




Test Lights

Before working on any type of circuitry, the first step is to make sure the power is cut off. Even if you think the power is already off, it is a good rule of thumb to double check every time. That's why Jason suggests having a test light on hand. He keeps a test light in every control room on his farm, so whenever he gets ready to do any electrical work, he is able to ensure that the power is off.


You might be familiar with the industry procedure, "Lockout/Tagout." Many industries use this safety system to protect workers doing maintenance. To enforce a version of this on your own farm, it only requires one simple tool: a zip tie! Before doing electrical work, once you disconnect the electricity, simply run a zip tie through the hole on the breaker box (as seen in the video). Of course, there's nothing stopping someone from removing it, but the presence of the zip tie will prevent someone from impulsively flipping the power back on. The zip tie serves as a signal that someone is doing electrical work!

Breaker Boxes

When a breaker is constantly tripping, be sure to further investigate to determine what is wrong in the circuit—either the circuit is overloaded or it has a short. Typically, it's a circuit issue rather than a breaker issue, so don't try to tape or wire the breaker shut. Turn off the power, figure out what's going on and fix it safely!

Power Equipment 

When it comes to power equipment, it's important to pay close attention to the cords. It can be tempting to wind the cord around the handle to keep it neat and tidy, but that can actually break the wires and pose the threat for future electrical shorts or dangerous shock.

We hope Jason's electrical safety tips and reminders have been helpful to you! Always keep these things in mind while working on electrical issues.‍

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Allen Reynolds

Allen Reynolds

Poultry Sales Manager

This was written by Allen Reynolds, Southland Organics’ Poultry Sales Manager. Allen spent years working on poultry farms, from installing equipment to dumping chicks. He has been helping poultry farmers overcome obstacles since 2014, focusing on poultry farm strength in the antibiotic-free environment since 2017. He has traveled thousands of miles and worked closely with hundreds of farmers during his time with Southland Organics. Allen is known by even more farmers from the YouTube channel Poultry Biosecurity, where he regularly appears in videos that educate farmers on topics like bird health and farm business.

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This was edited by Erin Flowers. As a writer and editor, Erin keeps a close eye on the details. Erin thoroughly researches each topic, fact checking and source searching to give our readers helpful resources for raising chickens, homesteading, and growing lawns and gardens. Erin graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising. She began working with Southland Organics in 2018.

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