Fire risk reaches a seasonal high

18 July, 2018
Fire risk reaches a seasonal high
Every year, thousands of acres of crops, buildings and habitats are destroyed by farm fires. With temperatures soaring and no rain forecast, the fire risk continues to rise as demonstrated by the recent moorland and farmland fires nationwide. Whilst it is impossible to eradicate the risk, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of a fire breaking out, as well as safety precautions for the worst case scenario.
Be prepared
  • Be aware of potential fire hazards around the farm, including any particularly high risk materials that could increase the intensity of a fire or cause explosions. If possible, make this information available to the Fire & Rescue Service in the event of a fire;

  • Ensure that an effective fire evacuation plan is in place and that all employees are clearly aware of what to do in the event of a fire;

  • Keep vehicles and machinery in a good state of repair, free from caked-on grease, oil, and crop residue. Also clear off any combustible materials on bearings, belts and other moving parts.

  • Remind everyone on farm of the danger of smoking in highly flammable areas e.g. workshops, fields etc. Sunlight shining through glass can also start fires so do not leave glass bottles/jars in fields.

  • Keep extinguishers in relevant locations e.g. tractors, workshops etc.

What to do if a fire does break out?
  • Call the Fire and Rescue Service without delay, giving landmarks for reference if the location is difficult to pinpoint.

  • Only attempt to fight the fire if it is safe to do so.

  • Send someone to meet and direct the Fire and Rescue Service to the fire.

  • Prepare to evacuate livestock should the fire spread if it is safe to do so.

  • Prepare to use farm machinery to assist the Fire and Rescue Service if requested.

Get in touch

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If you have any queries or would like to find out more please get in touch. 01603 881881Honingham Thorpe, Colton, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 5BZ