GEORGIA, Vt. — According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, 33 youths are injured every day in the U.S. in agriculture-related incidents. More than half of those hurt were visiting the farm or living there but not working on-site at the time of their mishap.
To help young people understand the potential dangers on the farm and how to stay safe, the University of Vermont Extension 4-H is offering a full day of farm safety workshops on July 9. The workshop is open to all youths, ages 10 to 16. Enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate.
The free event, co-sponsored by Cooperative Insurance Companies, will be held at Ballard Acres Farm from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included.
The workshops will cover a range of topics including ATV and farm equipment safety, hearing and eye protection, fire extinguisher operation and fire safety. Participants also will learn the three ways to give injections to livestock — intramuscular, subcutaneous and intravenous — and the proper and safe way to administer these injections.
In addition, they will receive instruction in basic first aid and what to do before emergency services arrive in case of an accident. They also will create their own basic first-aid kit to take home.
Everyone who pre-registers by June 30 at go.uvm.edu/farmsafetyday2019 will receive a T-shirt.
Source: UVM Extension.