Farms Need To Think About Fire Protection Too
When we think of fire at businesses and commercial premises we tend to think of office blocks and warehouses, but this recent news story about a fire at a farm near Sherborne in Dorset is a reminder that, just like any other business, rural businesses need to be highly aware of the risk of fire.
In fact, when you consider that many farms have barns full of dry hay and straw, as well as fertilisers and other chemicals, and potentially petrol, diesel and other fuels, planning for the risk of fire is essential.
This recent fire is believed to have been started by an electrical fault and sadly led to the destruction of two barns, a shop and thousands of litres of cider. You can read more here.
As with other businesses and workplaces, farms need to consider the risk of fire and have steps in place to should a fire break out.
These include having sufficient fire extinguishers that are appropriate for the size of the buildings and the materials stored. It is also vital that all staff know the location of the fire extinguishers, how to use them and which type of fire extinguisher is suitable for which type of fire. Unfortunately, our experience is that there is a degree of confusion over the different types of fire extinguishers and the different classes.
Types of fire extinguishers are determined by the different extinguishing agents any given fire extinguisher contains. The type ABC Dry Powder fire extinguishers are considered a multipurpose fire extinguisher and are very common. Fire extinguishers should also be regularly maintained to ensure that they are fit for purpose.
Consideration should also be given to the safe evacuation of staff and livestock and a plan put in place. In this particular case, the importance of regular electrical safety checks is also highlighted.
If you are a rural business that would like any advice on fire safety or electrical testing and inspection, please get in touch with us.