Safety Day aims to teach kids about farm dangers

With busy spring season fast approaching, child safety is a major concern, according Walter Grose, of the Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association.

“That is the reason we are hosting a safety day April 9 in Wellington County near Mount Forest. “We hope that the Children’s Safety Day will serve as a reminder to parents and children that there are hazards they need to be aware of on the farm and around the home” said Grose.

Almost 200 students attended the Safety Day last year. The committee tries to rotate the locations so more children have an opportunity to attend the one day event.

 The children will tour each of 10 stations on the farm that day. Those include:

– Fire Department, Mount Forest Division’

– Mapleton Fire House;

– ambulance;

– OPP ;

– bike safety;

– lawn mower safety;

– farm shop safety;

– tractor and skid steer safety;

chemical look alike; and

– vet animal safety Linwood.

 The day is geared for children ages 6 to 13. Older students interested in volunteering can earn credits toward their volunteer hours for high school.

“ Children will go home and tell their parents and siblings what they have learned so the whole family benefit from the one day event” said Grose.

There is no charge to attend. Lunch of pizza, milk, and snacks will be provided. The day will run rain or shine so children should dress for the weather.

The Safety Day runs from 10am to 3pm at Maple Lane Farm Services, 9545 Concession 6 North, Mount Forest.

For additional information call Grose at 519-846-5329.