Teach­ing youth: Farm safety

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Yel­low­head County re­cently hosted a Youth Farm Safety day to teach lo­cal kids about iden­ti­fy­ing and man­ag­ing farm haz­ards.

Yel­low­head County and Wild­wood & District Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety joined forces this year to co­host the Youth Farm Safety Day for ju­nior high stu­dents on May 23, 2018. The event pro­vided hands-on education on iden­ti­fy­ing haz­ards and pro­mot­ing agri­cul­tural safety.

Work­ing on a fam­ily or in­dus­trial farm has al­ways had its in­her­ent risks— from work­ing long hours, to us­ing heavy equip­ment and man­ag­ing un­pre­dictable live­stock.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, agri­cul­ture in Canada ranks as the third most haz­ardous in­dus­try— and those haz­ards can leave ru­ral chil­dren vul­ner­a­ble. That’s why Yel­low­head County’s Agri­cul­tural Ser­vices depart­ment wanted to of­fer youth the knowl­edge to stay safe on farms.

There were 34 school chil­dren in at­ten­dance from Ni­ton Junc­tion and Wild­wood who took part in the full-day event. The stu­dents were bro­ken up into small groups and ro­tated through nu­mer­ous ed­u­ca­tional sta­tions re­lated to: ATV safety; lawn mower safety, proper live­stock han­dling and man­age­ment tech­niques; util­ity safety, and rail and fire safety.

Yel­low­head County and Wild­wood & District Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety would like to thank the fol­low­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions’ vol­un­teers who pre­sented to stu­dents: ATCO, CN Rail, For­tis Al­berta; Yel­low­head County Staff from Agri­cul­tural Ser­vices, the Fire Depart­ment, Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices and Parks and Re­cre­ation. Ad­di­tion­ally, thank you to Martin Deer­line for their con­tri­bu­tions to the event.

Re­mem­ber: Farm safety education is im­por­tant for any­one who has grown up on a farm and may be dis­mis­sive or too com­fort­able with many of the day-to- day dan­gers of farm­ing op­er­a­tions, or vis­i­tors who are un­fa­mil­iar with farm en­vi­ron­ments. We urge you to con­sider the farm haz­ards your fam­ily and friends may be un­aware of and to take the time to ed­u­cate and ex­plain to them about why farm safety mat­ters.

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