FAIRBURY – Statistics from the National Children’s Center for Rural Agriculture Health and Safety show that in every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident, and every day about 33 children are injured in agriculture-related incidents.
That’s why an active group of Jefferson County community members have organized safety days for nearly 20 years.
Throughout the day, children get a hands-on education on how to better handle themselves in certain situations, whether it be mowing their lawn, being in the sun for extended periods of time or handling animals.
Safety Day Leader Morgan Fangmeier is studying to be a teacher at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This is her second year participating in Safety Day and says her group of kids enjoyed several of the sessions.
“The other one that they really enjoyed was the “Stop the Bleed” one. They learned about how to compress a wound so that it will stop bleeding, which was really cool and I found very interesting. They also enjoyed their lunchtime session which was the electricity one and they got to see how powerful an electric line can be. They roasted a hot dog for them and that was super cool, too. I’ve never seen that one, so I really enjoyed that one.”
To conclude the day, a mock accident was conducted by the Jefferson County Ambulance squad. The ambulance team played out a car accident, and what would happen if someone were to hit a power line pole without wearing a seat belt.