The PrevTech unit being installed in a barn.

New tools aid farm fire prevention

Automated tracking and new fire extinguishing technology could reduce barn fires

Reading Time: 4 minutes New electrical fault detection and fire extinguishing technologies are giving farmers new options to prevent fires. Alarm systems and other technology designed to prevent or extinguish fires have had limited availability for on-farm use. Why it matters: Farms, especially barns, are becoming more valuable so fires have become more costly. Two new technologies recently introduced […] Read more

Barn fires are often started somewhere in the electrical system.

Regular barn inspection critical to electrical fire prevention

Any exposed electrical connection is an area with fire risk

Reading Time: 3 minutes All it takes is one spark — fire can happen anywhere and anytime on a farm. While the cause can be difficult to confirm, firefighters, inspectors and insurance companies agree, electrical issues top the list as one of the leading causes of fires on farms. “I’ve seen all kinds of electrical hazards and my rule […] Read more

The chance of a grain dryer fire occurring can be reduced by routine maintenance.

Mechanical issues often cause of grain dryer fires

Preventive maintenance can help reduce risk of loss of grain — and equipment — due to fire

Reading Time: 4 minutes When it comes to reducing the risk of on-farm fires, maintenance and prevention are a farmer’s best defence. Dave McEachren, a Glencoe, Ont., grain farmer, who is also a volunteer firefighter and captain of the Southwest Middlesex Fire Department, confirms the leading causes of fire and calls to emergency services due to fires in grain […] Read more

Fire safety in the field — regularly inspect fire extinguishers and ensure extinguishers are installed on all farm equipment.

How to reduce your fire risk when in the field

Three fire-safe tips for safe field operation

Reading Time: 5 minutes Bryan Long has seen the unfortunate results of too many farm equipment fires that could have been easily prevented. From too much dust combined with high engine or exhaust temperatures, to fuel or oil leaks around the exhaust and electrical shorts, he’s got a long list of common causes. But, as a licensed agricultural equipment […] Read more

Electrical issues are the most frequent cause of barn fires.

Farmers, insurance providers can work together on fire prevention

Insurers are eager to reduce the risk of fire on farms and have tools to help

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farm businesses often rely on a team of advisers — lawyers, accountants, succession planners and marketers. Insurance providers can play a similar role, helping farmers to manage the fire risks. “Most insurance companies have loss prevention specialists on staff,” says Bruce Kelly, Farm & Food Care Ontario. “Loss prevention specialists will work with farmers and […] Read more


Poor electrical connections can melt or damage plugs, extension cords or the block heaters themselves.

Keeping equipment warm, but not letting it burn

Poor electrical connections around block heaters are a leading cause of fires on farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Faulty equipment stored or parked in barns or sheds remains a leading cause of farm fires. And the use of portable heaters, extension cords and block heaters in tractors significantly increases the risk. Even properly functioning block heaters can cause a fire if they are plugged into a cord with a poor connection. Poor connections […] Read more