Farm fires are devastating to the livelihoods of farmers and their families. One of the best ways farmers can protect their farms from catastrophic and costly fires is by establishing a fire safety plan. It is essentially a documentation outlining how your farm operations will prevent fire and the protocols to follow in the event of a farm fire.
Here are some pointers you should include when preparing and implementing your farm fire safety plan:
- Identify exits and evacuation routes. Ensure that all employees and family members are familiar with the evacuation plan during a farm fire emergency.
- Outline the arrangements to call emergency services (fire station, police, ambulance) and where emergency equipment and first aid supplies are stored.
- Plan an arrangement to house livestock if they are evacuated due to a farm fire. Contain them at another building on your property or a neighbouring farm if you do not have the space.
- Review the plan with your employees and family members, and update it when there are changes to buildings, livestock or employees.
- Develop a fire emergency response team that is trained in fire emergency plan procedures and is prepared to help and guide others to safety during a fire.
- Conduct regular fire drills and train everyone on how to use fire extinguishers.
Promoting a culture that emphasizes fire safety importance among your farm employees will help prevent and prepare for farm fire emergencies. This culture should also encourage them to speak up when they suspect a potential fire risk so you can take the necessary preventative measures. Having a farm fire safety plan in place allows everyone on your farm to respond effectively in a farm fire emergency.