The deadline for hosting an event that helps children learn how to be safe on the farm is fast approaching.
Since 2002, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association has partnered with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation on Safety Day events, the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America.
The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program typically consists of one-day, age-appropriate safety events. Organizers can choose from a range of stations that covers areas such as recognizing and avoiding chemical exposure; machinery and ATV safety; and safe animal handling. Participants rotate among different safety stations, allowing each child the opportunity to participate in interactive and engaging activities.
Communities select activities based on their own local needs. While the basic program is geared toward the education of children between the ages of eight to 13, it can be customized for a family audience. Organizers receive event training from Safety Day co-ordinators in their region.
Since 2002, more than 127,000 children and family members have participated in Safety Day events across Canada. This year, 79 communities across the country have held or are planning on holding a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day.
“The great thing about Safety Days is that they are versatile,” said Marcel Hacault, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. “Each community has different needs and the Safety Day program is able to address each of these needs.”
Communities that would like to host a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in 2019 can apply online at at the CASA website or by calling CASA at 877-452-2272. The application deadline is July 15.