The fourth Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be held May 22 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds for all East Elementary third-graders.
This annual event teaches children about hazards they may encounter living in a rural community, and how to prevent injury and/or respond appropriately to emergencies.
Thanks to local sponsors, volunteers, and presenters, including Farm Bureau Insurance, The Memorial Hospital, Murdoch's, Boyko, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Moffat County High School El Pomar Youth Community Service group, this year's Safety Day will include 10 safety topics:
- Electrical safety -- Yampa Valley Electric Association
- Lawnmower and tractor safety -- Tri State Equipment
- Dog safety -- City of Craig Animal Control
- Fire safety -- Craig Rural Fire Department
- Railroad safety --Union Pacific Railroad
- Water and boating safety -- Yampa River State Park
- Motorcycle safety --Cronk's Rider Training
- Sun safety -- NW Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
- Horse safety -- Danita Hogue
- Roadway safety -- Moffat County Road and Bridge Department
In 2007, Safety Days will reach 80,000 children across the United States, Canada, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program, which started in 1995 by Progressive Farmer magazine, trains volunteers and provides resources local communities need to conduct one-day safety programs that are age-appropriate, hands-on, fun and safe for children.
Evaluation is conducted annually at Safety Days. The following comments were made by participant's parents after their experience:
- "As a result of Safety Day, we're getting a fire extinguisher!"
- "My husband farms and his birthday was right after Safety Day, so for his birthday, the kids gave him goggles, dust masks and chemical-resistant gloves. These were all the things they learned about at the Safety Day, and they also explained to him why he needed to use them."
- "We don't ride the lawnmower with more than one person now."
- "Recently, while her father was using a chain saw, my daughter asked me why he wasn't wearing safety glasses. I know she learned this at Safety Day. Sometimes children need to teach us parents a thing or two!"
Additional sponsors are needed in order to continue expanding the availability of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days throughout Northwest Colorado.
Donations are fully tax deductible. If your business is interested in becoming a local, state or national sponsor, contact Elisa Shackelton at the CSU Moffat County Extension Office, or visit www.progressiveag.org or call (888) 257-3592.