Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

Farm Safety Day is celebrated despite snowy weather

LAUREL  — Despite the unseasonable weather May 1, the annual Farm Safety Day was successfully held at the Laurel–Concord-Coleridge Elementary School in Laurel for students in the second and third grades.

Eight safety presentations included:

• Fire Prevention and the Smoke House by Ray Nance, the State Fire Prevention Deputy, with assistance from local firemen Kevin Jundt and Luke Virgil;

• Diggers Hot Line by 811 instructor, Jill Geyer;

• Animal safety and care by Robin Camenzind representing the Laurel Vet Clinic;

• Auger and farm equipment safety by Ben Vanderheiden and Kristie Martin from Grossenburg Implement;

• Look-a-likes and food safety by Amy Topp, UNL Extension Educator;

• Farm equipment safety and proper clothing by Val Ebberson, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids member;

• EMT and ambulance service by Melissa Graham and Heather Hall, Laurel EMTs;

• Chemical safety by FFA members, Ben Barelman and Lathan Ohlrich.


Those attending the safety program received complimentary t-shirts and educational bags containing safety information, magnets, pencils, activity books, and safety decals.

The items were provided by Progressive Farmer through donations from major corporations:  Bunge, Crop Production Services, Agrium, Farm Credit, CHA, John Deere, Monsanto, The Mosaic Foundation, DuPont-Pioneer, Toyota, Bayer, Potash, and Trans Canada.

Two grants were received by the Northeast Chapter of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids from DuPont-Pioneer and the Laurel Community Foundation to provide Tundra fire extinguishers to each student attending the safety day.

Fire extinguishers were given to adults who attended the April 30 presentation on fire prevention held at the Laurel Learning Center.

Two representatives from the State Fire Marshal’s office, Ray Nance and Don Fast, discussed fire prevention and demonstrated the proper use of fire extinguishers.

Each person attending had the opportunity to use the simulated extinguisher with a laser to “put out” the computerized fire.

The ABCs of Fire Extinguishers detailed the types of fires and the appropriate extinguisher to use on that fire. The PASS procedure for using an extinguisher (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep) was discussed.

Home fire prevention, EDITH (Exit Drills in the Home), and use of smoke and fire alarms were additional topics in the program.