Inspect your barn and outbuilding for fire hazards to reduce the risk of tragic loss and ensure the following:
· Heat lamps and space heaters are kept a safe distance from anything that can burn.
· Heaters are placed on a sturdy surface.
· Electrical equipment is labeled for agricultural or commercial use.
· Avoid use of extension cords in a barn.
· Lightbulbs have covers to protect them from dust, moisture and breakage.
· Damage is identified and quickly repaired.
· Dust and cobwebs around electrical outlets and lights are removed.
· Oily rags are stored in a closed metal container away from heat.
· Flammable liquids are stored away from the main barn.
· Barn should be smoke-free.
· Exits and pathways are clear.
· Fire drills are held with everyone who uses the barn.
· Workers are trained to use fire extinguishers.
· ABC fire extinguishers are at every exit and within 50’ from any point in the barn.
· Personal safety is the first priority if a fire breaks out.
· Ensure hazard checks take place on a set schedule.
Further safety equipment may be required by local building codes and will help protect your barn such as fire alarms, sprinklers and carbon monoxide detectors.
You can learn more about fire safety on the farm by visiting www.nfpa.org/farms