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Barn fires can be devastating for farmers due to loss of livestock, equipment and building structures.

Maintain and Safely Store Electrical Equipment

Many barn fires can start as electrical fires. Make sure that you have your electrical equipment and wiring inspected regularly to prevent fires. Have an electrician inspect any electrical appliances installed in the barn annually. This includes:

  • Water heaters
  • Heat tracing
  • Insect-control devices
  • Portable heating units

You should always enclose electrical wiring in metal or PVC conduit. Disconnect and store all radios, clippers, extension cords and other portable appliances when they are not in use.

Barn Fire Prevention Tips

Reduce the risk of a barn fire by following these tips:

  • Be prepared and train your family and staff on how to respond during a fire
  • Make sure the fire department can find you. Your 9-1-1 number must be visible at the entrance to your farm. If you do not have a municipal 9-1-1 number at all entrances, consider installing a Farm 911 sign
  • Make sure you have working fire extinguishers available
  • Monitor heat conditions using infrared technologies
  • Keep feed, hay, straw and flammable liquids away from the main barn
  • Cover light bulbs to protect them from dust, moisture and breakage
  • Store oily rags in closed metal containers, away from heat
  • Keep heat lamps and space heaters at a safe distance

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has more information and videos on barn fire prevention.

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