Attendees of Garrison Emergency Services Fun Day will learn about farm safety at the City Park on July 13 starting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Morgan Schafbuch, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) outreach coordinator, will teach the youth attending about chemical dangers.
According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the nation's most dangerous industry. Between 1995 and 2000, nearly 700 youth died on farms and ranches in the United States, according to the 2004 Journal of Safety Research.
"The farm is a great place to live," said Schafbuch. "People just need to be mindful of the dangers.
Chemicals are present in every household and pose dangers to young children due to their lack of understanding about toxic substances. Schafbuch will ask participants to choose the chemical between two similar looking subtances.
Schafbuch partners with Farm Safety For Just Kids to offer safety education for youth. Farm Safety For Just Kids was founded 25 years ago by an Iowa farm wife after the death of her son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident. The organization promotes a safe farm environment to prevent injuries and death by educating our youth.
FCSAmerica sponsors Schafbuch's position, in addition to outreach coordinators in other states.
"Raising awareness for farm safety is important in our rural communities," said Harold Hartke, FCSAmerica vice president for the Cedar Rapids area. "Our goal is to help ensure continued focus for our kids and promote education of safe environments through resources and programs provided by Farm Safety For Just Kids."