Farm safety goes to the kids

About 450 Grade 4 students experienced interactive, hands-on activities about outdoor safety practices as well as living a healthy lifestyle during the eighth annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held May 9 at the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition.

Classrooms of students from several Lloydminster schools rotated between nine different stations that included animal and grain safety, firearms safety, fire and water safety and hidden hazards on the farm.

“We feel it’s a super event that we maintain and continue because we get to engage with youth and teach them a really long life skill that is super important. You never want them to be put in one of those dangerous situations, but farm accidents happen and usually involve children. Anything that we can do to try and prevent that or help to reduce that number of farm accidents and injuries is a success,” said Sydney Lake, agriculture manager for the exhibition.

With help from Jeff Mulligan of ASTEC Safety, Reegan Rawlake from St. Mary’s Elementary School in Lloydminster, Sask., practises dousing flames using a water-filled fire extinguisher. | William DeKay photo

Const. Michael Hagel of the Lloydminster RCMP detachment shines a light on the chamber of a Colt C8 carbine to demonstrate a “peek and poke” procedure to make sure there’s no bullet inside. Other guns in the show and tell event were a 12 gauge shotgun and 308 rifle. | William DeKay photo

Keith Markwick volunteered his time to show Grade 4 students the dangers surrounding grain handling. Using a miniature model of a grain storage bin and grain cart, Markwick demonstrated the speed at which someone can become engulfed and suffocate. He said 202 incidences were reported last year, resulting in 52 deaths. Twenty-two of those were the average age of 11 years old. | William DeKay photo

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