Farms are not exempt from a great risk of fires it is important to keep your farm as safe as possible. Make sure that you have a Farm Fire Safety Plan on your farm and in your house that even the kids can follow! Kids we can play an important role in keeping the farm safe when it comes to fire safety!
- Make sure that your parents put things that could easily catch fire like hay, straw, fuel and oils away from your animals buildings and you house or any neighbours homes. Hay/straw and feed should be stored 18 metres or more from other buildings.
- If you need the fire brigade, you will need a wide gateway. To allow access for a fire brigade, entrances and gates should be at least 3.0 metres wide. A fire brigade only has a certain amount of water onboard. Check that a farm water supply is available to fight a fire and know where it is in case the fireman asks you.
- Ensure that all emergency phone numbers are in view close to the phone and make sure your parents teach you how to use your phone. Some day you might be needed to make a very important phone call to help one of your family or friends. Have a look at our Emergency 999 section to see what you need to know and how to call for help!
- Check do you have suitable fire extinguishers on the farm and in the home. Do you know where they are? All fire extinguishers need to be serviced every year check the date of last service on them and remind your parents if its more than a year since they were serviced.
- Smoke alarms and a fire blanket should be fitted in the home. You can help your parents here by testing the smoke alarms with the handle of a brush or telling them when the batteries have run out and the alarm starts beating.
- If your family/friends use chemicals on the farm, make sure they are out of reach of children and away from electrical sources. If you can reach them, make sure you tell them to move them you might know not to touch them but a younger person might not!