One way to reinforce safety messages is to conduct a safety demonstration. Everyone learns a little differently. Some people will take statistics to heart. Others will be affected by the potential harm a hazard can inflict. Considering farming is a business, knowing the effect on their productivity and bottom line will impact some too.
Some people are visual learners. They need to see things in action to make sense of a concept. For those people, demonstrations are a great tool.
One of the most popular demonstrations for agriculture safety is a chemical look-a-like. From household cleaners to pesticides, chemicals are all over a farm and pose a particular threat to young children. Toddlers want to put everything in their mouth, and they don’t know the difference between Windex and a sports drink.
The demonstration itself is quite simple. All you need is:
– Clear containers (baby food jars, water bottles, etc)
– Edible counter parts
A few chemicals and their edible counter parts to get you thinking:
1. Windex -> blue sports drink
2. Motor oil -> maple syrup
3. Gasoline -> orange kool-aid
4. Livestock medication in pill form -> sweet tarts
Then ask people to pick which one is the chemical and which one is edible. Go a step further and ask them if they can name the chemical and the edible substance.
Chemical look-a-likes are great at events like county fairs. And it usually leaves the adults scratching their heads!