Winter presents extra concerns for horse owners, we urge you to review these tips to keep your barn safe from risk of fire that could prove devastating.
One of the leading causes of barn fires is heating equipment and the majority of these fires occur during daytime working hours. Knowledge of this can help you be more proactive when making a plan. Review our 10 Barn Safety Tips and get started on your own emergency plan.
10 Barn Safety Tips for Winter
- Just as we mentioned in our Emergency Preparedness Article, its important to have a plan in the event of an emergency, in this case a fire, and review it with any employees or family members who will be in the barn.
- Contact other barns in the area and see if they have a plan, if they are close enough, they may also be able to assist in the event of a fire.
- Make sure and give the barn and stables a thorough clean out to remove excess dust, cobwebs and chaff. Store fuel, paint and other combustibles in a different location from the barn.
- Post clear directions to your barn near all phones, that way no matter who calls 911 they will be able to give accurate directions to the fire department.
- Ask your local fire department for a fire inspection of all buildings on the property.
- Hay storage should not be near any heat sources and newly-baled hay should not be allowed to overheat. Make sure you have proper ventilation to avoid spontaneous combustion of the hay.
- No Smoking – Have a “No Tolerance” policy for smoking in or around the barn and buildings on property.
- Sprinklers – If you haven’t already, install automatic sprinkler systems in the barns and stables.
- Extinguishers – Place fire extinguishers throughout the barn and let all staff know of their locations.
- Each horse should have a halter and lead rope hung on their stall door at all times, in case of an emergency.
No one likes thinking about disasters, but with planning and preparation, you improve your chances of preventing disaster.