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Ag Safety Day this Saturday a must for youth PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

In 2012, youths learned how to safely put out a fire, as well as how to handle fire extinguishers. (Imperial Republican File Photo)


By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican


Chase County is a rural, agricultural community, with most of its youth growing up around agriculture.

Therefore, the Chase County All-Stars 4-H Club feels it’s important to educate youth about safety and how to make safe choices as they grow up in or around agriculture.

The Chase County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is the result of this desire. It will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT at the Chase County Fairgrounds in Imperial.

Youth, ages 6-13 years as of June 1, will learn about grain dangers, chemical and fire safety, underground hazards with Diggers Hotline, first aid, water and tractor safety, electricity, hidden dangers and will participate in a bicycle camp.

Seat belt safety will be discussed, and older youth will be able to use a drunk driving simulator.

Special speaker will be Kristi Ruth of Riverton, Wyo., formerly of Iowa. She will tell those present how she caught her coat in an auger, fracturing her arm so many times that when her arm was released from the equipment her fingers brushed the ground.

Ruth has attended two other Safety Day events in Imperial.

The day will be full of hands-on learning, demonstrations and discussions.

Coordinator Chris Tomky said 80 were registered for the camp as of Monday. Children may still register until Saturday morning.

Registration forms are available at the Extension Office, The Imperial Republican or at the 4-H building on the fairgrounds Saturday.

Those participating receive a t-shirt, lunch and snacks and a take-home bag of safety materials.

The Safety Day is held every two years, and began in 2009.