Yates Farm Safety Day is Aug. 25 in Benton

Staff reports

On Saturday, Aug. 25 farmers from all over Yates County are invited to Yates Farm Safety Day hosted by Benton Fire Department.   

The program of the Yates Farm Safety Day is to share safety techniques for area farm families.  The Yates Farm Safety Day is a fun day for both children and adults to learn about potential hazards on a farm.  It is open to farm families, hired help, neighbors and others.  Farm Safety is for all ages. 

Various safety topics with hands-on activities and demonstrations will be presented to ensure a safe farm environment while living, working or visiting a farm.

Participants pre-register and are divided into groups and they will rotate through seven 20 minute stations:  E911 Dispatch Center and Bike Safety (Yates Sheriff Office), Silo Gas/Manure Pits and Grain Bin Safety, Water Quality with Chemical Pesticide Safety (both by Cornell Cooperative Extension), EMS Response (Penn Yan Ambulance), Pinch points and PTO Safety (NYCAMH), Farm Medic (Yates County Fire Coordinators), and Propane & Natural Gas Safety.

A picnic lunch will be served by the Benton Firemen & Ladies Auxiliary, families will be able to take a ride in Benton Fire Department’s antique fire truck, use Penn State Corn Picker Hazard Simulator, use Benton Fire Department’s Pumper to spray water, check out medical supplies on Penn Yan Ambulance, go through the smoke enhanced State Fire Prevention trailer, or watch Mercy Flight’s helicopter come in for a landing and have the ability to get up close and ask questions.

To pay for the costs associated with putting this event on, there are many sponsors that provided either in kind, supplies or financial donations.  This event would not be possible without the support of the local community through their funds, time and dedication.

The goal of Yates Farm Safety Day is to have participants find a way to take safety techniques they learned and apply it to their own farm and everyday life.  

For more information and to register you may contact Henry Martin at 315-536-4637 or Yates County Office of Emergency Management at 315-536-3000.