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

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

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

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