Johnson, Massac, Union and Pulaski-Alexander County Farm Bureaus joined efforts to host a Safety Day Camp Thursday, Sept. 18, for 4th grade students in five counties. 318 students and teachers attended the event at the Vienna City Park to learn more about safety awareness in our rural area.
Twenty four instructors and volunteers presented a number of quality safety sessions for the event.
1) First aid and 911: An ambulance was on site for the students to walk through, along with the local Air Evac Life team helicopter;
2) Fire safety: Two fire trucks and first responder vehicles were shown to the students along with information about what the local fireman have to wear to protect themselves;
3) Gun safety: A local certified hunter safety instructor taught about the importance of hunter responsibility and firearms;
4) Exercise safety: University of Illinois food nutrition personnel explained the importance of proper nutrition and water consumption while being active and fit;
5) Poison-look-a-like: Local FS environmental safety specialist provided a hands-on activity for the students to identify items that look like candy/Kool-Aid/and other food items, that were actually potentially harmful due to the fact that they look similar;
6) Bites and stings: the local Shawnee Community College biology department and Federal wetlands center employees provided hands-on identification of venomous snakes and spiders, to help students learn what to look for when they are encountered;
7) Electrical safety: the Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative provided a live-line demonstration that allowed for the students to see what can happen if they touch a power line or if they find a downed line;
8) Lawnmower safety: local Shawnee Community College agriculture students provided information on basic mowing in your yard and what can happen if you are not aware of your surroundings; and
9) Farm safety: Shawnee College agriculture students provided information about gravity flow wagons and their danger if you play around them along with PTO and their dangers.
Three FFA Chapters provided 26 volunteers to provide additional chaperones for the day.