SAN ANGELO — Some people think farm accidents are inevitable, but they’re not. Most can be prevented with education and caution. Organizers of the second Texas Farm Safety Day Camp on June 18 at Angelo State University are hoping to stop such mishaps before they happen.
Designed for youth from 9 to 15 years of age who live in Tom Green or Runnels counties, the camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MIR Center on ASU’s farm on U.S. Hwy. 87 north of San Angelo. Extension offices in the two counties are joining Progressive Farmer magazine and eight national donors to teach farm and ranch kids to be aware of safety hazards.
Jack Odle, Progressive Farmer editor, said even seasoned farmers and ranchers can see their whole lives changed in one moment of carelessness.
“Kids are even more at risk than adults, because they tend to think they’re invincible,” said Odle. “Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.”
Patricia Hohensee, Runnels County Extension agent, said the program is one of nine in Texas and 123 in the United States.
“Safety topics covered this year include ATV use, farm equipment hazards, personal protection and health issues, chemical safety, shop and hand tool hazards, fire extinguishing and weather,” said Hohensee. “Special sessions will feature seat belt usage and snake cautions. The program is not a repeat of an earlier success during a previous such camp here in 1995. This is all new material.” Hohensee said 30 area people are serving on the steering committee for the event. National donors are Shell Lubricants, Farm Plan, Pioneer, DuPont, AGCO, Gold Kist, Mossberg and Smith and Wesson.
“Our camp may only last a day,” said Hohensee, “but it will be remembered for a lifetime.”
Registration is $15 per child. The fee covers lunch, refreshments, a t-shirt, insurance, and take-home safety aids. To register or for further information, contact the Runnels County Extension office at (915) 365-5042 or the Tom Green County Extension office at 659-6524. The camp is limited to the first 125 farm and ranch children registered by June 4.