Safety 4-H Project Ideas

4-H Project Ideas for Safety

Ideas for your Project:
1.  Hundreds of people are injured or killed in farm accidents each year.  Learn about some of the hazards a family faces when living on a farm.  Visit a farm, or check out your own, and do a survey of some potentially dangerous situations or areas that may currently exist on the farm.  Ask the owners how they might change these areas to make the farm a safer place for the adults and the children.
2.  Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in the northern states.  It can be a dangerous sport, if a rider isn't properly educated.  If you've never been on a snowmobile, attend a safety course before doing so.  In many places, this is the law.  Once you've completed the class, familiarize yourself with the sled and the course you'll be driving on.  Always be sure to ride with someone and have a way to contact help in the case of emergency.
3.  If you have your driver's license, see if you can work with a local driver's education provider.  Offer to speak with the teens in driver's ed, explaining what it's really like to be a responsible driver behind the wheel.  You can share some of your own driving experiences, as well as those from your friends or parents.  You might also want to bring in some peers that have received tickets or been in accidents so they can share the consequences of careless driving firsthand.  Teens are often impacted more by someone they can relate to.
4.  If you're not old enough to drive, you probably occasionally ride a bike as your mode of transportation.  Discover the importance of helmets, light colored clothing, and reflectors.  Also, take the time to familiarize yourself with bike traffic signals and use them when you're riding in town.  Cars will respect you when they can tell what direction you're headed on your bike.
5.  Create a first aid kit.  This could be more than just a basic kit; specialize it.  You could make one for your car, a snowmobile, the beach, vacation, and more.  Be sure to understand why each component is important in the kit.
6.  What's the most dangerous room in a house?  The kitchen.  Take a safety survey of your kitchen to see if your kitchen is a safe place to be.  If you find some areas of concern, make and carry out a plan to fix the problem.  Areas to be sure to check are the stove, knife storage, garbage placement, electrical outlets (location and use), and gathering areas.
7.  Does your family have an escape plan in the case of a fire?  If not, you could meet with your family to make one.  Then practice it.  If it involves going to a neighbor's house, be sure to include them in your planning phase and ask their permission to go there in an emergency.
8.  Do a fire hazard hunt in your home.  Check to see which areas are potential dangers for your family in the case of a fire.  Be sure to install smoke detectors and/or install fresh batteries at least once a year.
9.  Attend a firearm safety course in your community.  You'll learn how to properly carry, store, and show firearms.  This is a must if you ever plan on owning a gun.  You'll also find it's handy if you plan to participate in 4-H Shooting Sports programs.
10.  Take a stroll through your community and find out where there are potentially unsafe areas.  Is there a park that needs to be cleaned up?  Does the pool have enough lifeguards?  Are dangerous dogs kept inside or on a leash?  Take your findings to your 4-H club.  As a group, you may decide to tackle these areas.  Or, you might brainstorm some ideas to present to your city council.  You can help your neighborhood become a safer place.
11.  Come up with your own activity, or call the Extension Office for more great ideas.  We also have several safety guides you can check out or browse through.  These books provide you with tips on safety in various situations and include hands-on activities you can try yourself.
Links to visit for further information and ideas:
***Please note: these links will take you to non-ISU Extension web sites.
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute:  Click here for information information and articles relating to bike helmets.
Bicylce Safety Guide
  Safety tips for kids and adults.
Farm Safety:  This University of Minnesota Extension webpage has links to important articles and publications about farm safety issues.
Farm Safety for Just Kids:  Learn how to prevent farm accidents at this interactive site.
KidsHealth - Bike Safety:  Check out this site for kid-friendly bike safety information.
KidsHealth - Gun Safety:  Visit here for information on gun safety in your community.
National Safety Council:  This site provides information on many safety, environmental, and health topics.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:  Visit here for statistics on traffic safety and for information on highway related laws.
NRA Gun Safety Rules:  Check out these 10 important firearm rules before your next hunting trip.
Snowmobiling in Minnesota:  Click here for the updated safety information, as well as other important snowmobile information from the Minnesota DNR.
Iowa State Snowmobiler;  Here is an Iowa site on rules, trails and more.
U.S. Fire Administration for Kids:  This cool site has fun and interactive ways to learn more about fire safety.  Very kid friendly!
If you need more help or ideas, we have a variety of resources for you in the Extension Office.  Feel free to stop by or give us a call at 563-568-6345.

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