Deloraine Farm Safety Day

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day.

Here’s a brief history about the event from the Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety web site www.progressiveag.org.

“Many in agriculture know someone whose life has been affected by a farm-related injury or death. The statistics are sobering. Even more tragic is that these incidents could have been prevented with a few simple safety precautions. That’s why the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® is on a crusade to bring safety and health information to the farming communities who desperately need it. At the heart of this effort is the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. This educational program provides training and resources for local communities to conduct one-day safety
and health programs. Safety Days are designed to be age-appropriate, hands-on, fun, and safe for children.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are conducted in the United States, Canada and the US Territories. In addition, the program is licensed in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

The mission of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days is simple - to provide education and training to make farm and ranch life safer and healthier for children and their communities.

To this end, Deloraine EMS have organized this event for the past several years. This year’s event was held in Deloraine on May 20 for the Grade 5 and 6 students.

There were seven safety stations including:
• Drug Awareness
• Making a First Aid Kit
• Firearm Safety
• Disability Awareness (Machinery Safety)
• Sun Safety
• Ambulance Dispatch
• Hydro Safety

A special shout out to Bev Huys, EMS; the presenters, parent/family assistants, and the day’s sponsors - Deloraine Curling Club, Debbie Norton, Warren and Kayla Monro, Vandaele Seeds Ltd.,
Kori and Darcy Nestibo, Deloraine Times & Star, Marvin and Mary Ellen Morrison, Morrison Agencies Ltd., Mann Family Farm Ltd., Linda Thom, Tim’s Backhoe Service, RBC Royal Bank,
Simplicity Clothing & Accessories, Midwestern Redi-Mix, Paterson Grain, Kowal Auto, Hasselfield Drugs Ltd., TD Bank, Sunrise Credit Union, Boundary Co-op, Hoysun Chinese
Restaurant, Sigrid De Kezel Professional Corporation, Ronald Vandaele, MNP, Morningstar Metal, Rendezvous Restaurant, Bunge, Simply Essential Mini Day Spa, D&M Motors, RM of
Deloraine-Winchester, Olson Realty & General Insurance, CASA, Kirkwood Ag & Auto, Nestibo Agra.

The Safety Day was an excellent education and awareness opportunity for students and assistants alike. The students were eager participants and enjoyed the hands-on experience of several of the
stations.

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