Youth learn about farm safety through Progressive Agriculture Safety Day
More than 70 youth participated in the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held on Friday, June 5, at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The camp was held for youth who have completed kindergarten through third grade. The camp was put on by the Washington County Extension Office with help from Sinclair Tractor, Rural Health and Safety, WCDC, Washington FFA, Mid-Prairie FFA, Washington Hospital and Clinics and Environmental Health.
The youth broke into small-group sessions learning about various topics including animal safety, sun safety, tractor safety, PTO safety, grain safety, water safety, gun safety, and general first aid. The youth also enjoyed games and activities throughout the day. Larry Wendt of Alliant Energy spoke with youth about the importance of home electrical safety with a variety of safety equipment and power line displays.
Participants and volunteers each received a free Progressive Agriculture Safety Day T-shirt and a goody bag with a gun lock, Rural Safety Book, and information about farm safety. The youth made first-aid kits to take home as well, sponsored by Washington County Hospitals and Clinics.
Twenty-two volunteers assisted with the day as group leaders and community speakers.