MITCHELL – Students from Gering Elementary Schools were gathered at the Mitchell Event Center for Progressive Agriculture Safety Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 23.
The event was held in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week and featured different stations where participants could learn about many different topics. Each station had a demonstration or hands-on activity for the students to help explain their safety topics.
The Mitchell Fire Department was present at the event to talk about fire safety and prevention. To help illustrate this, the students could enter a mobile house and find things that were fire hazards.
The Grain Bin Safety station sponsored by Western Nebraska Community College was another popular station with the students. Each student had the chance to peek into the grain bin and see how quickly a volunteer sank into the demonstration grain bin.
The main event of the day was the Power Take Off (PTO) demonstration. A hay baler attached to a tractor and balloon man were used to show what could happen if someone was working on the PTO powered baler and the tractor was turned on by accident.
Other topics included bicycle safety, canal/ditch safety, ATV safety, sun safety, lawn mower safety, electrical safety, chemical safety, and car safety.
At the end of the day, every student went home with a bag that included a bicycle helmet, a first aid kit, a water bottle, sunglasses, information on where sugar comes from, and information on fire and water safety.