Close to 600 Peace Region kids have been getting lessons in farm safety this week.
They have been coming to Safety City for the annual Barnyard and Boots program.
Safety City Executive Director Carla Boyne says the kids will learn about a variety of things.
“They’re going to be learning everything from underground safety from ATCO, as well as power safety, anything to do with electrical safety. We do have Rocky Mountain Equipment here, learning all about machine safety and tractor safety. They are going to be learning about first aid at home and they’re going to be learning about dugout safety, animal safety.”
Boyne is hoping the Kindergarten through Grade 6 students take home what they learn and teach the rest of the family.
“Teach their siblings, re-enforce those messages with their parents too, because we want everyone safe at the end of the day. So, if they can really bring this back to their families, we’d be very pleased with that.”
Boyne says with farmers trying to deal with old crop and seeding, it is a good time for lessons like this.
“May, of course, it’s very busy in the farming community, so pay extra attention to those key safety points on the farm. You know, if the kids are more alert to learning these topics on different safety hazards around their home, then that’s going to help them come home safe.”
The first group for this year had their lessons Monday. The last one will go through today.
(photo from the Grande Prairie & Area Safe Communities Facebook page)