Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

July 19, 2013

Kids learn to practice safety on farms

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — BROOKVILLE – Thousands of persons, including children, are injured in farming accidents each year.

On July 15 at the Franklin County 4-H Fair, Sarah Correll, a Purdue University student majoring in agricultural education, presented “Farm Safety Just for Kids” to inform youngsters of the possible dangers associated with living in rural communities.

Children were called down to play Farm Safety is Right (similar to the TV show “The Price is Right”). For the first question, they were asked, “How many youth live on farms in the U.S.?” On a white board, they had to guess a number and try to come the closest without going over. Then she revealed the answer, 1.2 million.

Next, the group was asked to respond to the question, “Which causes the most farm accidents, animals, tractors or other?” The correct answer was tractors.

She later pointed out, “Most farm injuries happen when children are playing,” not when they’re working. She also cautioned the children to be careful around ATVs and ponds, as well as animals, including cows and horses, that are bigger than they are.

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.