A safety education day for people of all ages will be held in Rochester next week.
The 19th annual Rochester Farm and Road Safety Expo, run by the Rotary Club of Rochester, first came about when a need for farm safety was identified in 1999 and 19 years later the safety of the community is still paramount.
The day will see more than 800 students grace the Rochester Recreation Reserve to learn more about on-road and on-farm safety.
Event organiser Heather Watson said the safety expo was a hands-on day which had been expanded to suit all ages.
‘‘Nearly all of our exhibitors will have some sort of hands-on activity where you can see first-hand how to do things safely,’’ she said.
‘‘Although we get a lot of primary school-aged children we have made a real effort this year to make sure we have exhibitors who appeal to all age groups.
‘‘That means we hope the local farmers will come in for an hour or two and hopefully get something out of it.’’
The free event, which includes a sausage sizzle, hopes to educate the wider community about safe handling of machinery, safe road rules, electrical safety and first aid.
It will also be the first year the expo has an exhibit on quad bikes.
■The expo will be held at the Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday, August 15 from 10am to 2.30pm.