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Fire Safety


Q4)  How should I prepare for and deal with the actual event of a fire?

No matter how careful you are, you cannot rule out the chance that a fire may start. No amount of precaution will entirely eliminate the possibility, therefore you must prepare in 3 major ways: 1) Build safety into the barn so a fire is not likely to start and if it does, it cannot spread quickly. 2) Have the resources on hand to fight a fire until the fire department arrives. Such resources are proper extinguishers for all kinds of fires, including gas and electrical fires. 3) Have a fire plan and conduct regular drills for the people who use the barn, so no time is wasted in an emergency when every second counts.

It is very important to have the proper fire extinguishers accessible and charged. There should be one fire extinguisher at each entrance and one in the office, tack room or warm room. Have the extinguishers inspected semi-annually. All people who use the barn should be instructed in their use and drilled periodically.

Careful planning can mean the difference between a small mishap and a disaster. Put an emergency information card with police, fire department and ambulance numbers next to each telephone. Every person who uses the barn must know how to contact the fire department and what information to give over the phone. Every person who uses the barn should know how to operate the fire extinguishers and go through fire drills regularly. Memorizing how to evacuate the barn saves precious minutes.

Work with your local fire department and fire marshall in training persons who use the barn. They are professionals and will offer valuable advice and instruction free of charge. Acquaint them with the entire farm so they are prepared in an emergency. Since some farms have several barns, entrances and gates, you and the fire department must work out a code which explains where the fire trucks need to go to get to each specific barn. After calling the fire department in the case of a fire, one person should go out to the gate or end of driveway to wait in case the fire department needs any further directions.

If you know of any other tips on dealing with a fire emergency that have not been listed, please send us an email so that we may include them in the list. We can protect ourselves and our horses more effectively if we know what the possibilities are.

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