DURHAM: Everyone involved in agriculture knows someone whose life has been affected by a farm-related injury or death. In many cases, injuries and deaths can be prevented by following simple safety precautions. The goal of a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is to help children who live on, or visit farms, to develop an awareness of farm hazards, and to develop, within each participant, a life-long positive attitude towards farm safety. Our take home message for the children is to Stop-Think-Act.
A Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be held, on Saturday, May 27th, 2017, at the Fairgrounds in Port Perry, from 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. This morning of interactive learning is open to children aged 5-15 years. There will be speakers and demonstrations on Tractor Safety, Underground Utilities, Sun Safety, Fall Prevention, Farm Hygiene, Chemical Safety, and ATV and Animal Safety. Those in attendance will also hear about two local farmers’ tractor accidents, and the lessons which have been learned. Participants are asked to pre-register in advance (spaces are limited to 110 participants), by contacting email@example.com or calling 416-571-2572.
Each participant will receive a T-shirt, snacks & lunch, as well as a take home bag with resources & information. Registration fee is $5 or $15/family. A free WHMIS (2015 GHS) session is also available for Adults. Please note pre-registration is required for the WHMIS session. Children can draw a picture or snap a photo of a safety minded person, situation or message, and bring it along for a chance to win a prize.
Durham Farm & Rural Family Resources is pleased to be part of this safety training opportunity for children, who live and work on farms and in rural areas, or who frequently visit farms. DFRFR would like to recognize and extend thanks to our many local sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation is a not for profit organization, founded in the US in 1995. The Foundation plays an active role in training and providing resources for volunteers, in communities throughout the US & Canada, to host their own Progressive Agriculture Safety Day. This year alone, there will be over 400 Safety Days, offered throughout the US and Canada. Farms of all sizes and types can be a wonderful place for children to grow and play, however, it is critical children are aware of the potential risks and how to manage them.
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