Barn fires can be devastating for farmers due to loss of livestock, equipment and building structures. We can help you reduce the risk of a barn fire by providing you with safety tips and support.

Book a fire safety inspection

Contact us to book a fire safety inspection for your barn. We will inspect your property and give recommendations for a pre-fire plan.

Maintain and safely store electrical equipment

Many barn fires can start as electrical fires. Make sure that you have your electrical equipment and wiring inspected regularly to prevent fires. Have an electrician inspect any electrical appliances installed in the barn annually. This includes:

  • Water heaters
  • Heat tracing
  • Insect-control devices
  • Portable heating units

You should always enclose electrical wiring in metal or PVC conduit, disconnect, and store all radios, clippers, extension cords and other portable appliances when they are not in use.

Barn fire prevention tips

Reduce the risk of a barn fire by following these tips:

  • Be prepared and train your family and staff on how to respond during a fire
  • Make sure you have working fire extinguishers available
  • Monitor heat conditions using infrared technologies
  • Keep feed, hay, straw and flammable liquid away from the main barn
  • Cover light bulbs to protect them from dust, moisture and breakage
  • Store oily rags in closed metal containers, away from heat
  • Keep heat lamps and space heaters at a safe distance

View the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for more information and videos on barn fire prevention.