Barn & Farm Safety

Remember that fire safety is an important part of farm life. People, animals and property are in danger when fire breaks out on a farm. Inspect your barn and outbuildings for these potential fire hazards to reduce the risk of tragic loss.

  • Heat lamps and space heaters are kept a safe distance from anything that can burn.
  • Heaters are on a sturdy surface and cannot fall over.
  • Electrical equipment is labeled for agricultural or commercial use.
  • All wiring is free from damage.
  • Extension cords are not used in the barn.
  • Lightbulbs have covers to protect them from dust, moisture and breakage.
  • Damage is identified quickly and repairs are completed with safety in mind.
  • Dust and cobwebs around electrical outlets and lights are removed.
  • Oily rags are stored in a closed, metal container away from heat.
  • Feed, hay, straw and flammable liquids are stored away from the barn.
  • The barn is a smoke-free zone.
  • Exits are clearly marked and pathways are clear.
  • Fire drills are held frequently with everyone who uses the barn.
  • Workers are trained to use fire extinguishers.
  • Everyone in the barn knows personal safety is the first priority if a fire breaks out.
  • Hazard checks take place on a set schedule.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
The following safety equipment may be required by local building codes and will help protect your barn. Install and maintain:

  • ABC-type fire extinguishers near every exit and within 50 feet from any point in the barn.
  • Fire Alarm System.
  • Sprinkler System.
  • Carbon monoxide System.

TALK WITH YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT TO ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS AND SAFETY CONCERNS UNIQUE TO YOUR FARM.

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