UD hosts Progressive Ag Safety Day

An estimated 30,000 children under the age of 20 are injured each year in farming accidents, according to the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at Colorado State University.  To help combat these tragedies and other farm-related risks, Monsanto employees continue to spread life-saving information about farm safety and health practices by partnering with Progressive Agriculture to host Farm Safety Days.

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Georgetown took place Aug. 1 at the University of Delaware Elbert N. Ann V. Carvel Research Education Center. Forty-six students from Kent and Sussex counties attended safety topic presentations, delivered by members of the Sussex Central High School Future Farmers of America Chapter.

Michael Love, University of Delaware extension agent for safety, coordinated the program.

“Rural Sussex County is highly populated with agricultural farms and businesses,” Love said. “The children who participated in today’s program are short-term visitors to the area and are living on or near working farms. With that proximity to unfamiliar territory, the potential risk for injury may be increased. Exposing these children to the possible hazards present in an agricultural environment and helping them make more informed, safe decisions may prevent a minor injury or tragedy.”

Participants visited seven safety sessions, including Home Safety; Chemical Safety/Poison Prevention; Farm/Lawn Equipment Safety; Motor Vehicle Safety; Bike/Pedestrian Safety; Water Safety; and ATV Safety. Everyone also witnessed a seat belt and airbag demonstration, toured Georgetown Fire Company’s Ladder 77, and watched LifeNet’s Medevac helicopter land and take off.

Additional safety demonstrations were provided by Georgetown Fire Company, Delaware State Police and Christiana Care LifeNet. Participants received safety materials donated by Delmarva Safety Association, Delaware Department of Transportation, Delaware Office of Highway Safety, Delaware Area Office-OSHA, Beebe Medical Center and the Delaware State Fire School. The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program is a one-day, hands-on workshop that teaches school-aged children safe practices in and around agriculture. These events offer youth educational resources to promote safe farm environments, and prevent health hazards and fatalities. For more information, go to www.progressiveag.org.



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