Kids learn safety on the farm

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DAYTON, Va. (WHSV) — Elementary and middle school-aged children learned the basics of farm safety through a series of presentations from experts on Saturday.

More then 80 kids were in attendance of the Farm Safety Day.

Organizers of the Houston Bowman Progressive Agriculture Farm Day said it is an important lesson. Every day, 33 children are injured in agricultural-related incidents, according to the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

"We're hoping to teach kids early because they're vulnerable on a farm and they're working on a farm," Erica Rollins, the event coordinator, said. "They may not understand some of the dangers and hazards of a farm so these are life long lessons that they'll learn."

Topics discussed included safety involving the sun and the danger of loud noises.

There were also demonstrations on skid loaders and the dangers of touching power lines, the latter delivered by Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

"Especially farm kids, this is the way they learn, hands-on and so this is digging right into their strengths," Karen Hewitt, a parent, said."This is a way they are able to learn easier and remember."

The safety event was put on by the RMH Foundation and the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.