20th is last day to sign up
Every day in America there are more than 243 farm workers injured enough to seek medical care. There are more than 400 farm-related fatalities every year. For many children, the farm is a workplace, home and playground. Teaching them how to take responsibility for their own safety on the farm is the subject of an upcoming Camas Prairie event. Local businesses will help sponsor a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day™ on Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at Nezperce from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for children ages 5 – 12 years old (older youth are welcome to attend and be helpers).
Through hands-on activities, participants will learn how to be more aware of hazards, to help prevent farm accidents, and how to reduce the extent of injuries if accidents do occur. Scheduled speakers and interactive demonstrations will reinforce the importance of children taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends.
Some of the topics to be covered are pinch points, PTO safety, fire safety, sun safety, and chemical safety. Safety day sponsors hope that the families who attend will maintain their new safety attitudes and safe farm behaviors throughout their lives. Ultimately, they hope to see a reduction in the rate of deaths and injuries among children on the farm. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days™ are sponsored nationally by Bunge, Tractor Supply Co., Agrium, The Farm Credit System Foundation, John Deere, Case IH, Monsanto, Pioneer, Shell Lubricants, and State Farm Insurance.
Parents can register their families by picking up a registration form at area ag-related businesses or any of the St. Mary’s clinics or by calling Shari Kuther at 962-3267 or 937-2359 or Marci Stapleton at 937-2348. Registrations must be received by May 20th, 2009. A $5.00 per child or $10.00 per family registration fee for the event covers lunch, snacks, a take-home packet, first aid kit, and a safety day t-shirt for the kids (scholarships are available upon request). Hope to see you there!