Barn fires are too common and can hit old and new buildings.

Technology monitors high-risk barn wiring to help stop barn fires

A project by Trillium Mutual Insurance aims to get 100 monitoring devices installed on farms in a year

Reading Time: 5 minutes An Ontario insurance company is trying to stop barn fires before they start by subsidizing the installation of technology that monitors wiring systems for faults. The sensor-based early warning system is part of a unique collaboration between Trillium Mutual Insurance and PrevTech Innovation. Why it matters: Barn fires create more than a financial loss. They […] Read more

‘Lightning siege’ sparks wildfires across California wine country

Almost 11,000 strikes reported over 72 hours

Reading Time: 2 minutes Vacaville, California | Reuters — Lightning strikes sparked dozens of wildfires in northern California’s wine country on Wednesday, burning dozens of structures and forcing thousands to flee their homes. California was hit by nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours, sparking 367 fires, nearly two dozen of them major, as the state suffered a record […] Read more

Green's Meat Market and Abattoir in Wingham, which burned June 24, 2020.

Wingham abattoir destroyed by fire

Green's Meat Market has for years provided meat processing for farmers serving local markets

Reading Time: < 1 minute An abattoir serving northern Huron and southern Bruce counties has been destroyed by fire, leaving area farmers with fewer meat processing options. Green’s Meat Market and Abattoir, in Wingham, had about 70 carcasses hanging for processing at the time of the fire, according to Midwestern Newspapers. A passerby noticed flames coming from the building at […] Read more

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

Canada to cut speed limits for trains hauling dangerous goods

New curb follows another Saskatchewan crash, fire

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa/Winnipeg | Reuters — The federal government said Thursday it would impose temporary speed limits on trains hauling dangerous goods after a Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) crude oil train derailed and caught fire. The accident, which happened in the early hours of Thursday near Guernsey, Sask., about 40 km south of Humboldt, was the second […] Read more

Ford recalls Super Duty pickups on post-crash fire risk

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said Friday it would recall 547,538 of its Ford Super Duty pickup trucks across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, citing the risk of a post-crash interior fire. The second-largest U.S. automaker said the recall covers certain models between the years 2017 and 2019 with carpet flooring that could experience a […] 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

B.C. grants late AgriStability enrolment for 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fire, flooding and a drop in raspberry prices in 2018 have spurred the federal and British Columbia governments to trigger the AgriStability late-participation mechanism. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her provincial counterpart Lana Popham, at an event Monday in Vernon, B.C., invoked the new late-participation rule for the 2018 AgriStability program year, “to help farmers […] Read more