CASA encourages communities to host a 2016 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®

Winnipeg, MB, June 22, 2015: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce that over 10,000 Canadian children and participants have already taken part in a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® event in 2015. In addition to the 46 Safety Days already held, there are 27 Safety Days planned to take place later this year.

Marcel Hacault, the executive director of CASA, says, “The number of children that have already participated in Safety Day events shows the local volunteers’ commitment to safety. This year, over 1,700 volunteers have already participated in safety days – It is encouraging to see so many people invested in keeping our children safe.”

The need for children’s farm safety education is sadly backed up by statistics. According to Canadian Agricultural Injury reporting, an average of 10 children die each year on Canadian farms.

“The Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) is pleased to partner with CASA and members of local communities to hold Progressive Agriculture Safety Days throughout Canada,” says Susan Reynolds-Porter, Chief Executive Officer of PAF.

The Progressive Agricultural Safety Day program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. Safety Day event topics are based on each community’s individual needs. Each Safety Day features fun and interactive stations that teach children to recognize and think about topics like tractor safety, fire safety, sun safety and animal safety.

“Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are an innovative and knowledge packed way to educate our youth on safety”, says Ashley McCoshen, a Safety Day Coordinator from Saskatchewan. “Our youth are the future and Safety Days give everyone the opportunity to help build a safety culture. The value of these safety days is priceless because of the community, school, parental and volunteer involvement.”

Communities that would like to host Safety Days in 2016 can apply online at www.casa-acsa.ca and click on Safety Days. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2015. Safety Day coordinator training is available in both English and French.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.

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For more information, please contact:

Robin Anderson

Communications Officer

204-275-8870

randerson@casa-acsa.ca