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June 28, 2014

Q5: Farm safety focus of kids event

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County 4-H extension office will be hosting Farm Safety Day this week. Pre-registration was required. Extension educator Brenda Brantley talks about the event.

1 What is the importance of holding a farm safety day?

For many children, the farm is a home, a playground and a place where they do chores. Teaching them how to take some of the responsibility for their own safety on the farm is the subject for Farm Safety Day. Farm Safety Day is as fun as it is educational for the kids. Each year, many children are killed or injured on America’s farms and ranches. Farm Safety Day is a one-day event that teaches children lessons that help keep them and their family or friends safe or aware of the dangers around them.

2 What sort of things will participants learn about?

During the safety days, children participate in interactive activities that reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends. Hands-on demonstrations teach participants lifesaving first aid techniques and reveal the hidden hazards of the surroundings. However, not all of the activities have to do with things that could happen on the farm.

3 How does the program benefit older children as group leaders?

Group leaders benefit just as much as the kids do because they are learning the same new information. Beyond that, serving as a leader helps the older participants with their leadership and team building experience. These experiences become very valuable in life skills as they become older. As group leaders they assist the younger children with hands on activities and getting them to all of their workshop stations, along with overseeing all the safety aspects with all the children involved.

 

4 When and where will the program be held?

The program will be on July 1 at the Payne County Expo Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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