4-H club members learn
about farm and fire safety
By Liz Dadson
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Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon (L) talks to local 4-H club members and leaders about safety around the farm
- in this case, particularly around granaries and augers
Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon talks farm safety with 4-H club members
Farm and fire safety was the focus of a local 4-H activity day held at the farm of Peter and Amy Coenen on the 5th of Kincardine Township Friday.
Stan Ter Woerds of the Kincardine Dairy Club aims the fire extinguisher at the blaze
Hogan Allen gets instruction from fire chief Jamie MacKinnon (L) and prepares to use the fire extinguisher ...
... to quickly put out the fire
Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon was on hand to discuss safety around augers and grain bins, as well as knowing the dangers of silo gas and manure pit fumes.
MacKinnon gave a brief presentation before taking the 4-H members on a tour of the Coenen farm, locating hazards in the drive shed, such as chemical storage, the electrical panel, seed storage, and equipment; and the hay mow, where spontaneous combustion can lead to fire.
Taking part in the activity day were about 30 4-H members, ages nine to 17, from the area sheep, conservation and dairy clubs.
After a supper of hamburgers and hot dogs, the teens received fire extinguisher training from MacKinnon and then each 4-H member had a chance to use the extinguisher to put out a controlled fire.
Kincardine fire chief Jamie MacKinnon (L) helps Alexa Collins of the Ripley Conservation Club (first year member), operate the fire extinguisher to put out the fire
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Monday, July 18, 2011