The Importance of Planning

General Safety Hits: 1063

Preparing a plan for wildfire mitigation is a tangible step that any producer can take to safeguard their farming operation.

Wildfires are among the most notable natural disasters that producers in Alberta face on an annual basis. With a changing climate, the intensity and quantity of wildfires is expected to increase. Preparing a plan for wildfire mitigation is a tangible step that any producer can take to safeguard their farming operation

The following checklist is designed to help identify fire safety issues around the farm, and outlines simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk and mitigate the effects of unintentional fires on farm or agribusiness properties.

KNOW HOW TO CONTACT KEY PEOPLE

Knowing how to contact your local fire department and being able to direct them to the right place will avoid unnecessary delays in response time. Also, It is often a neighbour who will notice smoke or flames coming from nearby barns or buildings. Making sure that neighbours have your correct address can save valuable time for the emergency responders in rural areas.

INSPECT YARD AREAS

Keeping a clean, clear space around buildings and in general yard areas can help reduce the risk of fire spreading from one building to another.

PROVIDE ACCESS FOR FIREFIGHTING

Ensuring firefighters can access all areas of your property and can gain access to all buildings will avoid costly delays once they arrive.

CONTROL HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES

Following safety precautions is important when handling hazardous products. Ensure all hazardous products are clearly labelled to further eliminate guesswork in an emergency situation.

CONTROL POTENTIAL IGNITION SOURCES

Understanding how to prevent fires from starting is essential in protecting your farm or agri-business from fire loss. Control potential ignition sources.

INSTALL AND MAINTAIN PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

The reality of agricultural fires is the distance that firefighters must physically travel to respond. Reduce the risk of fire loss on your property by developing fire protection measures to extinguish or control a fire until firefighters can arrive.

MAINTAIN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND WIRING

Electrical appliances and equipment must be maintained in good working order and operated according to manufacturer’s instructions. Electrical installations and repairs must be done by properly qualified persons in accordance with applicable codes. Misuse of electrical appliances or equipment can be hazardous.

INSTALL AND MAINTAIN LIGHTNING RODS AND GROUNDING CABLES

Lightning bolts are hotter than the temperature of the sun. If they strike a building, a large fire can ignite. Fortunately, this type of electrical energy can be effectively harnessed with a lightning protection system including lightning rods and grounding cables to prevent property damage.

FIRE SAFETY PLANNING

A customized fire safety plan can work to your advantage in a fire. Develop a fire safety plan for your farm or agri-business to reduce fire loss. Fire safety planning starts with you. Identify exits and possible evacuation routes from all areas of barns and farm buildings. Ensure all family members and employees are familiar with these evacuation routes.

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