Fire Safety Tips for your Barn

Your North Carolina horse farm needs an annual fire safety check.  First, clean out cobwebs and sweep up loose hay in the barn.  Fire travels fast with the dust cobwebs collect and hay “kindling” on the ground.   Make sure exits from the stalls are clear and clutter is removed.  Do you have a fire extinguisher for your barn?  It should have the pressure checked yearly.  Post a list of how many horses and animals are in your barn on the outside of the barn.

Ideally, hay should be in a separate building, but if it must be in the same barn with the horses, upstairs is better from a fire safety standpoint.  Fire travels up and so does smoke, which in an emergency could give you an extra minute to get the horses out.

Check out this fire safety check list:


About A Cain

I am originally from New York State and moved to Pennsylvania for college and graduate school. My husband and I later lived in California and West Virginia, and then we were transferred to North Carolina. I learned to ride as an adult, in North Carolina. I have two horses now: one wild-and-wooly teenager who is learning from me, and one former race horse that has turned into a school master for me. They are both pretty sensible and great on trails, so we go everywhere. They live with me on my own North Carolina mini farm. I love to sit on my deck in the evening and watch them graze.
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