Let’s Talk About Barn Fire Safety
Sad to say but lately there have been some barn fires in our area. In one – all the horses in that barn perished from smoke inhalation and in the other – the barn was lost but the horses were spared. This is all so scary. Our horses are boarded and there are people who live on the property so I hope and pray that if something ever happens, the horses can be spared also. But there are alot of horses on the property in two separate barns. I try not to put too much thought into the “what could happen”.
NFPA.org has a nice checklist to keep on hand but I am summarizing it here.
- Make sure heat lamps and space heaters are kept a nice distance away from anything that can burn
- Any heater should be on a sturdy surface so they cannot fall over
- Electrical equipment should be labeled for agricultural or commercial use
- All wiring should be free from damage
- Extension cords should not be used in the barn
- All lightbulbs should have covers to protect them from dust, moisture and breakage
- Any damage is identified quickly and repairs are completed with safety in mind
- Dust and cobwebs around electrical outlets and lights should be 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(s)
- The barn is a smoke-free zone
- Exits are clearly marked and pathways are clear
- Fire drills happen frequently with everyone who frequently uses the barn
- Workers are trained to use fire extinguishers
- Everyone in the barn knows personal safety is a priority if a fire breaks out
- Hazard checks take place on a set schedule
What kind of equipment does the barn need?
- ABC type fire extinguishers near every exit and within 50 feet from any point in the barn
- Fire alarm system
- Sprinkler system
- Carbon monoxide detection system