OERB launches new safety campaign for young students
DUH! No parent ever wants to hear it, but if that’s the response one gets after telling their kids to stay away from well sites – it’s a good thing! You’d be surprised how many Oklahoma youth don’t realize the dangers of hanging around oilfield equipment.
That’s why the Oklahoma Energy Resources board is launching DUH-DUH-Dangerous at it's annual Well Site Safety Day. Using cool beats and high-energy raps, we’ll pump out facts about the dangers of hanging around oilfield sites to students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The OERB has been talking about safety since 1996, but the new DUH-DUH-Dangerous campaign promises to bring a new energy to safety learning that will impact students like never before. DUH-DUH-Dangerous was chosen by students for students. In three new television advertisements, clever lyrics combine with steady beats in unique raps to demonstrate to students the dangers lurking around oilfield sites for untrained professionals. A new Web site, www.oerb.com/duh, encourages students to get interactive, too! With games, safety quizzes, even a place to record their own safety raps, students can educate their brain about all of the dangers at well sites, including heavy, crushing counterweights on pump jacks, dangerous fumes that could ignite inside storage tanks, and high temperature separator tanks that could burn and scar trespassers. The new DUH-DUH-Dangerous campaign is part of the OERB’s broader well site safety program that includes several months of outreach in schools and advertising on various media outlets. Also each year, the OERB hosts a poster and coloring contest for students to raise awareness about the dangers of playing around oilfield equipment. The annual poster contest is open to all schools across the state, as well as homeschool students, asking third through sixth graders to illustrate the dangers associated with playing around well sites. The contest also included kindergarten through second grade students who enter a coloring contest using a safety related coloring sheet provided by the OERB. Junior High and High School students compete in an advertising contest and generate their own ideas for an original safety campaign. Winners of the poster and coloring contest were celebrated during the launch of the DUH-DUH-Dangerous campaign at the State Capitol at Well Site Safety Day Tuesday, April 24, at 9:30am. Parents, teachers and legislators joined students to celebrate. The winning posters were displayed. Through the OERB, Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners encourage Oklahoma families to be aware of the dangers of playing around well sites. Well Site Safety Day is part of a larger safety campaign designed to build awareness and understanding of the industry’s commitment to keeping children safe. Several weeks of radio, television, print and web advertisements and public service announcements support the Well Site Safety campaign. Teenagers are also encouraged to visit a special website found at www.oerb.com/duh. “This industry takes pride in being the backbone of Oklahoma, but that title comes with great responsibility,” says OERB scholastic outreach committee chairman Tim Munson. “We know children are around these oil fields; we know they are aware of them. It’s our duty to make sure they know why they absolutely must stay away from them.” To help Oklahoma educators discuss well site safety in the classroom, OERB provides an instructional video. The organization is releasing a new, updated version of the film as part of the DUH-DUH-Dangerous campaign. This video is available free for teachers, homeschool families, libraries and parents. “We can see the effects of our well site education starting to work. On OERB-sponsored field trips students quickly relay facts about pumpjacks and other oilfield dangers to us – things about weights, timers, fumes and other dangers. We appreciate what teachers and parents are doing to help us spread our safety message. We encourage them to continue that life-saving work,” said Munson.
You can view the winning posters and see more pictures from Well Site Safety Day here.Poster Winners 1st Place: Katie Buckendorff – 6th Grade, Northmoore Elementary, Moore2nd Place: Tatum Grayson – 5th Grade, Maryetta Elementary, Stilwell3rd Place: Tatum Rouse – Murphy, 6th Grade, Canute Elementary, CanuteRunner-Up: Faith Terrell, 6th Grade, Park Road Elementary, ChandlerRunner-Up: Anna Kupka, 6th Grade, Canute Elementary, CanuteRunner-Up: Katherine Martinez, 5th Grade, Charles Haskell Elementary, EdmondRunner-Up: Kaycee Ward, 6th Grade, Park Road Elementary, ChandlerRunner-Up: KT Williams, 5th Grade, Checotah Intermediate School, ChecotahRunner-Up: Brittney Aguilar, 6th Grade, Northmoore Elementary, MooreRunner-Up: Kylan Tucker. 6th Grade, Grissom Elementary ,TulsaRunner-Up: Kylee Muson, 4th Grade, Wayland Bonds Elementary, MooreColoring Winners Kindergarten1st Place: Kasha Graham, Ator Heights Elementary, Owasso2nd Place: Slone Case, Geary Elementary, Geary3rd Place: Autumn Kinsey, Panama Grade School, Panama1st Grade1st: Place: Connor Castleman, Denison Elementary, Idabel2nd Place: Levi Holsonbake, Lexington Elementary, Lexington3rd Place: Stephanie Hickman, Ft. Gibson Elementary, Ft. Gibson2nd Grade1st Place: Jayli Christie, Maryetta Elementary, Stilwell2nd Place: Kellen Cansler, Duke Elementary, Duke3rd Place: Madison Hargis, Indian Meridian Elementary, Choctaw