Farm Safety Day is Saturday

May 3, 2019

People can learn about farm safety at an annual event held Saturday at the Berlin Community Grove.

Farm Safety Day is co-sponsored by the Somerset County Farm Bureau and 1889 Foundation.

Andrea Stoltzfus, a member of the farm bureau and chairwoman responsible for organizing the event for the past 10 years, said this year’s event will focus on hay bale safety.

“Farmers have bigger bales now as opposed to the small square bales that many farms had 10 or 15 years ago,” she said, adding that other safety workshops include manure storage and tick safety.

“A lot of farmers have liquid manure storage on their farms, and it poses a whole bunch of different, dangerous challenges. Tick safety is a huge problem in Pennsylvania with Lyme disease being very prevalent.”

Stoltzfus said at least 65 children are registered for this year’s event, which lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Walk-ins are always welcome. We target youth, but generally, any adult can learn something from this event,” she said.

“We have situations that would be familiar to others, and I hope that (adults) can look at the situation and say, ‘Wow, I shouldn’t do that’ or ‘I would know what to do if that situation would come up.’”

Lunch is provided with a registration fee of $3 per person or $5 per family. After lunch, there will be a demonstration of a 911 call featuring emergency response vehicles and, weather permitting, a MedStar helicopter.

In addition, a demonstration involving eye, head and footwear safety is scheduled to show children how to wear equipment properly.