Grain Bin Safety Top Priority For Local FFA Group

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St. Edward, Neb. - In 2014, a total of 15 people died in grain bin-related accidents across the country. Two of those were right here in Nebraska.

Now, the St. Edward Future Farmers of America is looking to change those numbers as a part of Grain Bin Safety Week.

Members gave a presentation to area farmers to show them how to prevent accidents, and they recommend making sure someone knows when you'll be going into a bin and securing yourself with a safety harness.

"I've been in grain bins before. I've scooped out grain bins," said Christina Hamling, a St. Edward FFA Member. "I've helped haul corn outside of grain bins. As a farm kid, that's what you do. You go into grain bins, and I guess I never really thought about the dangers that you can potentially face in a grain bin."

They also warn farmers about toxic fumes produced, including carbon dioxide and hydrogen.