September 23, 2014

Local farmers hosting safety seminar

Tim Barnum
Vic and Carl Daniels are hosting a farm safety seminar April 10.
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CLAYTON TWP. — Area farmers and first responders are being invited to a safety seminar at the Vic and Carl Daniels Farm in Sterling April 10.

Vic Daniels said the free seminar, hosted in partnership with the Michigan Farm Bureau, has an itinerary that covers agricultural safety and health management system implementation, farm hazard assessments, new symbols on pesticide and sanitizing product labels and emergency responders and farms. The seminar will be conducted by Craig Anderson, of the Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Labor Safety Services.

Daniels said one thing he hopes the event can do is build an understanding of farm dangers between farmers and emergency personnel.

“I hope the one thing that they take away is to help first responders know where the dangers are at their farms, for instance where the fuel is stored, where the electrical system is,” he said. “If they come to fight a fire and you have that power on, those firefighters — they need to know where that is.”

“I hope we can just make everyone more aware,” Daniels continued. “It might save a life.”

Various demonstrations will be staged at the farm, and the seminar is scheduled to last about three hours, beginning at 9 a.m. Although the seminar is being hosted in Arenac County, Daniels said it is open to people from other counties.

“It’s not limited to just our county,” he said. “We may be joined by some people from our neighboring counties as well.”

Farm Bureau agent Karen Tremble is co-sponsoring the event and providing food and refreshments for safety seminar guests, Daniels said.

Vic and Carl Daniels Farm is located at 525 N. Melita Rd. For more information, call 989-846-9446.

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