Submitted by Oswego County
More than 475 fifth-grade students attended the 12th Annual Oswego County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day June 4 at the Oswego County fairgrounds in Sandy Creek.
Students from schools throughout the county attended to learn about safety on the farm and at their homes.
The goal of the program is to prevent agricultural and home injuries and deaths by teaching children about potential hazards and how to avoid them.
Guest presenters used a hands-on learning approach to pass their valuable, life saving knowledge on to the children. Demonstrations involving farm equipment, displays and activities were used to ensure that the students had a fun filled, educational day.
Each class attended five stations during the day that dealt with various safety topics.
Some of the topics covered included emergency 911 phone calls, safe use of ATVs, mechanical hazards, safety in the outdoors and farm, fire, and food safety.
After the students ate lunch, they all attended a group presentation where a newspaper filled dummy was shredded by a manure spreader attached to a tractor. This demonstration of a PTO (power take-off), which powers farm equipment and can suck in limbs if a piece of clothing gets caught in it, showed the children the potential dangers associated with farming.
The program is coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Oswego County Farm Bureau, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District and State Farm Insurance of Oswego County.
The primary sponsor for this event is Exelon Generation, operator of Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station.
The program coordinators and the many organizations that sponsor and donate to this event hope those who attended will share their acquired knowledge with others to help prevent more injuries and save lives. This event only lasts one day, but the lessons learned will be remembered for a lifetime.