BROOKINGS, S.D. - Aurora County held their first-ever Progressive Ag Safety Day on Sept. 19, at the Aurora County 4-H grounds under the guidance of Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. The program was sponsored by Agriculture Foundation, which provides education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. Scheel was trained by the foundation last fall.
Participants included 106 third and fourth graders from Corsica/Stickney, Plankinton and White Lake schools.
According to the 2018 Childhood Agricultural Injury Fact Sheet, every day about 33 children are injured in an agriculture-related incident and of those children, every three days a child dies as a result. Of the leading sources of fatalities among youth, 25 percent involved machinery, 17 percent involved motor vehicles and 16 percent were drownings.
“These facts struck me hard and when I think about the people I’ve personally known who have been affected, I definitely believe the numbers don’t lie. If we can educate youth and they, in turn, take what they learned home to their families, we make a difference,” said Scheel.
Topics covered included fire safety, first aid, electrical safety, grain safety, seatbelt safety, the dangers of vaping and chemical look-a-likes, firearm safety, tractor and farm machinery safety and animal safety.
After asking permission to pet a lamb and learning about animal safety, youth practiced good hand washing skills with the aid of Glo-Germ.