Level up Your Barn’s Fire Prevention and Emergency Response

We still have hot, dry days ahead. Take advantage of this cooler weather to level up your fire prevention and response planning. 

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 Here’s a list of to dos. 

  • Regular Maintenance:
    • Regularly inspect and maintain electrical systems, heating equipment, and machinery to prevent malfunctions that could lead to fires.
  • Electrical Wiring and Equipment:
    • Use conduit to protect wires from chewing by rodents.
    • Make sure electrical outlets and switches at safe distances from hay storage.
  • Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms:
    • Install smoke detectors and fire alarms throughout the barn, including feed and storage areas.
    • Ensure these alarms are interconnected so that if one goes off, they all do.
  • Fire Extinguishers and Suppression Systems:
    • Place multiple fire extinguishers at strategic locations within the barn.
    • Consider installing a fire suppression system, such as a sprinkler system, especially in high-risk areas like hay storage.
  • Safe Storage of Flammable Materials:
    • Store flammable materials such as gasoline, oils, and cleaning agents in a separate, well-ventilated building away from the barn.
    • Keep hay and bedding materials stored away from potential ignition sources.
  • Firebreaks and Defensible Space:
    • Maintain a clear zone around the barn by removing tall grasses, shrubs, and flammable vegetation.
    • Create a defensible space by regularly mowing or removing combustible materials.
  • Fire Response:
    • Develop a detailed evacuation plan for both humans and horses, and make sure everyone knows the procedures in case of a fire
    • Educate all barn occupants and workers about fire safety protocols and prevention measures.
    • Conduct fire drills to practice the evacuation plan and ensure everyone is familiar with the process.