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KDA introduces new safety exhibit

Shows how to handle emergencies related to anhydrous ammonia

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2015) — A new exhibit will show Kentucky farmers, emergency responders, and others how to handle emergencies related to anhydrous ammonia.

TankCMYKKentucky Department of Agriculture staff, other state officials, and industry dignitaries cut the ribbon to place an anhydrous ammonia display into service Feb. 13 during the National Farm Machinery Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Jim Hellbusch, president of Duo Lift Manufacturing Co. in Columbus, Nebraska, built the unit from scratch at the suggestion of Dale Dobson, the KDA’s Farm and Home Safety Program administrator.

Anhydrous ammonia is a nitrogen fertilizer that is stored and applied under high pressure. When exposed to the air, it becomes a gas that can injure the eyes, skin, and lungs. Exposure at high concentrations can be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.