Barn Fire Safety

Tips to keep your barn safe

  • Make sure heat lamps and space heaters are kept a safe distance from anything that can burn.
  • Heaters should be on a sturdy surface where they cannot fall over.
  • Use electrical equipment that is labeled for agricultural or commercial use.
  • Make sure all wiring is free from damage.
  • Extension cords are not used in the barn.
  • Lightbulbs must have covers to protect them from dust, moisture, and breakage.
  • Routinely check for damages quickly and repair with safety in mind.
  • Dust and remove cobwebs around electrical outlets and equipment.
  • Oily rags should be stored in a closed, metal container away from heat.
  • Feed, hay, straw, and flammable liquids should be stored away from the main barn.
  • The barn is a smoke-free zone.
  • Exits are clearly marked and pathways are clear.
  • Fire drills are held frequently with everyone who uses the barn.
  • Workers should be trained to use fire extinguishers.
  • Everyone in the barn knows personal safety is the first priority if a fire breaks out.
  • Hazard checks should take place on a set schedule.

The following safety equipment may be required by local building codes and will help protect your barn. Install and maintain:
  • 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