Farm Safety Day

By Kathy Siler

Recent tragic events in our community, including the farming accident and death of Rex Hannewald, who was a dear friend to many in our own county, and the Sugar Shack fire at McLennan’s, are stark reminders of the dangers inherent in farming activities, especially when working with or around farming implements. Our family-focused Farm Safety Day on April 6 offered attendees the opportunity to learn about tractor safety, grain and wagon safety, animal safety, fire safety, first aid, and small equipment safety. We hope you and your family were able to join us for this timely and critically important event.

Our thanks to Jake and Blake, firefighters and EMTs, from Saline Area Fire Department for all the useful information they shared at our Safety Day. Attendees got a close look at rescue and fire-fighting equipment on the truck. The presenters reminded folks to Stop Drop and Roll if clothing catches fire. They also demonstrated how to safely and effectively use a fire extinguisher: PULL the pin out of the handle. AIM the hose at the base of the fire; not at the flames. SQUEEZE the lever. SWEEP the hose from side to side.

A debt of thanks to our Farm Bureau Insurance agents who
partnered with us for the Farm Safety Day.
Pictured: Lindsay Lumpford of the Lumpford Agency and
Rick Eder of the Rick Eder Agency.

The “Make a First Aid Kit” was a busy station at the Farm Safety Day. Contents included bottled water, gloves, 2 sizes of band aids, burn cream, gauze, and alcohol prep pads, as well as a “first aid kit” sticker to identify the container.

Some great photos from our Farm Safety Day courtesy of Cathy Koning. Thanks to all who attended and all the volunteers and presenters!