Fire risks will vary from farm to farm and while it is impossible to eliminate the risk of fire, farmers can develop and implement detailed fire prevention plans to reduce the threat. One of the key areas to focus on is your shed. Here are some suggestions on how to prevent fires in a shed.
Preventing Fires in Your Shed
- Get assistance from local fire and building officials if you are thinking of constructing a new shed or adding to existing ones.
- Major buildings should be spaced as far apart as possible to prevent the spread of fire.
- Install smoke detectors and fire alarms if necessary.
- Ensure that crops are dry before you store them and make sure the shed is properly ventilated.
- Have fire extinguishers placed in practical, easy-to-access positions
- Keep the grass and weeds around and in between buildings mown to prevent grass fires from spreading to buildings.
- Never allow smoking in or near sheds or flammable material storage areas.
Preventing Fires Around the Farm
- Improve access by clearing vegetation, signposting dead ends and creating turning circles.
- Consult your local fire department for advice on farm fire safety.
- Monitor spontaneous combustion hazards, such as hay and chemicals.
- Clean up your property by reducing fuel loads around assets and create fuel breaks.
- Apply to the relevant authority if you need to remove native vegetation or manage fuel on roadsides.
- Have tanks and water sources clearly marked and easily accessible.
- Consider maintaining a farm firefighting unit ready to use and keep fire extinguishers on hand.