Diligence and Details for Fire Safety

Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions Checklists and reminders can be

fuel sources. Those items for the seasonal and

your best friends when it comes to fire safety. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day chores and move seemingly less important items indefinitely to the “get around to it when time” list. When it comes to fire safety, there are some top tips that need daily, weekly and seasonally attention. Equine Guelph has a free download to help you stop barn fires. No one wants to think about

tragedy and loss but prevention proto- col needs to be followed with dili- gence. Just one stray cigarette butt in an area with combustibles (like hay and shavings) is a recipes for disaster and it only takes an uninformed visi- tor. It would be hard to forgive forget- fulness if an unattended fan or heater started a fire. An extinguisher that does not work in a time of need is just another great reason to make time for checklists and to ensure everyone at the stable has training on emergency procedures. Details are easy to put off but

annual agenda are often the most neg- lected. When was the last electrical wiring inspection and test for the smoke alarm? A qualified electrician should evaluate your facility. Your local fire department can help you by walking through your facility and pro- vide recommendations for a pre-plan. “Education, awareness, and plan-

ning are key to minimizing the risk of fire,” says Victor MacPherson, District Chief of the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department. “Barn fires are tragic events with

prove critical in prevention. Trimming of weeds, grasses and brush from around buildings and regular removal of rubbish are great examples. Re- moving cobwebs regularly, sweeping up loose hay in the barn and storage areas and dusting are all good house- keeping to reduce those combustible

potential for human and animal loss of life or injuries and /or property loss. Approximately 40% of all barn fires are caused by faulty electrical sys- tems,” says Dean Anderson, Work- place Safety & Prevention Services. He suggests to take the time to ‘Stop, Think and Act.’ Anderson adds, “This simple ap- proach asks farm operators to STOP, reflect about what is the worst that could happen; what the impacts of a fire would mean to your operations. THINK about what you could do to prevent an event from happening. Have you talked to your local fire de- partment, do you have an emergency plan, does everyone know who to call, do they know the plan to move live- stock? ACT to ensure an event will not happen. Do a walk-around inspection,

ensure the maintenance and house- keeping are up to expectations. Taking a few moments now could save a lot of grieve in the future.” For more resources visit Barn

Fire Safety web page sponsored by Heartland Farm Mutual. Subscribers of Canadian Thor-

oughbred magazine, Trot magazine and Quarter Racing Owners of On- tario (QROOI) members recently re- ceived a free copy of Equine Guelph’s handy barn fire checklist. Download yours from the Barn Fire Safety healthcare tool Visit Equine Guelph’s traveling

interactive safety exhibit, EquiMania!, complete with fire safety display, at the Can-Am All Breeds Expo March 31 – April 2. Thank you to our Equi- Mania! sponsors for their generous support: Greenhawk, Kubota Canada, Ontario Equestrian Federation, SSG Gloves, System Fencing, Shur-Gain and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services. Want to learn more? Equine

Guelph will be hosting a Fire Preven- tion and Emergency Rescue Training Workshop for the Horse Racing Indus- try at Mohawk Racetrack on April 25 & 26, 2017 followed by a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Op- erational Level Course for fire fighters on April 28, 29, 30 at the Meaford Fire Department Training Centre.


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