Fire Safety For Farm and Ranch (Roundup photo)
Fire Safety for Farm and Ranch. You can reduce the risk of wildfire on your property.
- Communicate early with fire professionals to coordinate firefighting on your property.
- Keep copies of gate keys and a written list of combinations in a known location.
- Mow grass and trim back weeds around pastures and structures to create and maintain firebreaks.
- Create a fuel-free space around all fuel tanks and structures. Ground all fueling nozzles to avoid sparking a fire.
- Create a safety zone for firefighting equipment and water supply that is clear of combustible fuels.
- Reinforce fences with metal posts.
- Make sure wiring is grounded.
- Check hay bale moisture content often and keep adequate fire equipment on site.
- Use spark arresters and check for dragging metal components on all equipment.
- Create a livestock evacuation plan.
- Ensure proper registration and branding of livestock.
- Have a plan for feeding livestock if grazing land is destroyed by fire.
- Open/unlock gates so livestock can escape flames.
- Hook up your stock trailer early and be ready for an evacuation.
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