Adams County Students Attend Progressive Ag Safety Day

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

Whether it's on the farm or at home Adams County fifth and sixth graders learned how to stay safe in everyday situations.

"Everybody knows of somebody that has gotten hurt safety-wise," says Safety Day Coordinator Julie Ochsner. "[If it's] farm safety, a home accident, or whatever - the statistics are staggering."

Like that fact that of the 247,000 people treated for lawn mower-related injuries each year 18,000 of them are kids.

While kids under the age of 12 shouldn't operate lawn mowers, presenters say most of the Safety Day students are old enough to have mowing be one of their chores.

"Today's lawn mowers have a lot of safety features on them if they're fortunate enough to have a newer mower," says UNL Extension Educator Mark Hinze. "A lot of these kids they go home to mowers that do not have any of the safety features on them, so they need the fundamentals about mowing the lawn and what are some dos and don'ts of handling that lawn mower."

Safety Day officials say some safety issues are things that we just don't think of - like remembering to pick up that extension cord before mowing the lawn. They're every day dangers partly because of overfamiliarity.

"I grew up on a farm, I know some of the things I did when I was a youngster I shouldn't have been doing," says Ochsner. "We just hope if we can save one limb, one life...we've accomplished a lot."

Students say they did learn a lot - about fire safety, weather awareness, first aid, and even a reminder about the importance of seatbelts.

"I think it's important because we're going to be the next generation of this country and it's important for us to be smart and know what to do," says Adams Central 5th Grader Evan Johnson.

Officials say it's the 10th year they've put on Safety Day and had 500 kids listen to more than 20 presentations this year.

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