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.
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.