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
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