Contact: Debra Thompson
Assoc. Director, PR & Communications
Agriculture is a rich part of Shenandoah Valley culture and heritage, but recent farm tragedies in our community are reminders that farms can be dangerous workplaces.
To educate both youth and adults on how to stay safe on the farm and around the home, RMH will host the 12th annual RMH/Houston Bowman Farm Safety Agriculture Day 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26 at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds. The cost is $5 per person.
The day camp includes activities and demonstrations for children ages 5-14 and those 15 to adult. Sessions will emphasize the five farm safety rules and basic emergency action steps.
“The secret to the success of the program is that the camp is as fun as it is educational,” said Vickie Davis, clinical patient service representative, RMH Center for Corporate Health, and camp co-leader. “A lot of children in our area are exposed to farm equipment, and some of them actually operate it. A top priority at RMH is the safety of our community. Children can actually teach their families based on what they learn in this hands-on event.”
Partners in the camp include local agricultural businesses, fire departments, rescue squads, civic and service groups, farming experts, and hospital staff, all of whom volunteer their time to provide training on a wide range of farm and home safety topics.
Pre-registation is required. To register, call RMH HealthSource at (540) 433-4850. Registration deadline is April 24.
For more information, contact Sue Custer (540) 564-5656, or Vickie Davis (540) 564-5622.