Take time out on Tuesday, Sept. 18 to do more than just give lip service to National Farm Safety Week and farm safety practices. Attend the Indiana Ag Safety Forum held at the Beck Center at Purdue University. It's located on the same site as the Purdue Agronomy Research Center, just three miles west of West Lafayette, just off U.S. Highway 52.
After a one year hiatus, the popular event is back, sponsored in part by the Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council. A special effort is made to encourage agricultural students in high school to attend with their ag class or FFA chapter. Money may be available to help cover travel costs for these groups. However, the program is geared to audiences of all ages, especially farmers, farm spouses and emergency rescue personnel.
The day-long event will feature such demonstrations as electrical safety by the Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation. If you haven't seen utility professionals put on a display, this alone is worth the trip. You will never think about electricity the same again. The shortcut you don't take when working with electricity after seeing this demonstration may be the step that saves your life, or that of a loved one.
There also will be a demonstration on fire extinguishers. Many people have them in their homes and today even on equipment. But how many know if their extinguisher is still able to function? How many know how to use it if a fire breaks out? With dry fodder in the field this fall, it would pay to know how to operate an extinguisher, and when to call for help.
There will also be other eye-catching demonstrations. And before the demonstrations start, Bill Field, Purdue University farm safety specialist, and Tom J. Bechman, editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, will make opening remarks. Bechman will explain firsthand how he has seen farm accidents affect farm families.
Be sure to attend the forum on September 18. Doors to the Beck Center open at 8:30 a.m. EDT, with the program starting at 9 a.m.