FAIRBURY – The Jefferson County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was successful, say organizers for the local chapter of Jefferson County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. A total of 97 children participated in the 19th annual Safety Day held Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
This year’s safety sessions included: sun safety by Sarah Wollenberg, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids regional representative; Water Safety by Katie and Ali Umland, with materials provided by Josh the Otter Foundation; internet safety by Darci Pesek, extension educator with Nebraska Extension- Jefferson County; food safety by Lisa Edeal, registered dietician with Jefferson Community Health Center; grain safety by Farmers Cooperative; wildlife safety by Brad Seitz with Nebraska Game and Parks; chemical look a likes by the Fairbury FFA; and fire safety by the Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s office. A safety puppet show by the Fairbury FFA opened the day’s activities. A lunch program on animal safety was presented by Dr. Jonathan and Emily Winter, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, and a mock accident coordinated by the Jefferson County Ambulance department closed the day.
“We had a nice variety of topics for the participants this year on health and safety,” said Lana Likens, safety day coordinator, and director of public relations at Jefferson Community Health Center. “Our goal is always to spread the message of safety to children, as well as their families. We hope to help participants learn to prevent incidents and reduce the extent of injuries if incidents do occur.”
Safety Day stresses the importance of children taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules, and sharing safety tips with their family and friends.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is organized by Jefferson County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. It is made possible by Progressive Agriculture, and Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Local members of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and area business sponsors are key to making Safety Day successful.
“We would like to thank the many business donors who make the day possible. These donors understand the importance of educating children so they can be as safe as possible,” Likens said.
In addition, more than 50 volunteers help each year to keep the day running smoothly and present safety topics.
“The day would not be possible without a great group of volunteers,” Likens said.More