Motor vehicles or tractors should be
stored in buildings specifically designed for such storage.
Engines on tractors or combines
should be shut off and allowed to cool before filling them with
The electrical wiring on tractors and
combines should be checked twice yearly for cracks or worn spots in
the insulation. Loose or sagging wires should be put back in
their original position with plastic tie straps.
Vehicles should be kept clean of
grease and debris to prevent a possible fire.
Install one ten pound ABC dry
chemical fire extinguisher on self-propelled agricultural equipment.
A routine maintenance program should
be established for buildings a equipment.
Before occupying a new or remodeled
building, operate the electrical system, heating system, ventilation
system, and power generating equipment under constant surveillance
for 24-48 hours and check for proper operation, and observe for
Crop dryers should be checked before
each drying season by a qualified serviceman to make sure the unit
is operating properly and all safety devices are functional.
Building construction should be kept
a minimum distance of 50 feet from existing structures.
There should be a minimum of two
separate and remote exits form each building.
As a minimum, one ten pound ABC dry
chemical fire extinguisher should be installed in each building.
Consideration should be given to
installing fire stops every 75 to 100 feet in buildings.
The fire department should be invited
to the farmstead annually to visually inspect the operation and to
implement a plan of attack in the event of a fire.
In the best interest of theft
prevention, lock all buildings, install security lights and avoid
leaving implements or vehicles near public roads.
Weeds should be kept mown or sprayed
a minimum distance of 10 feet around buildings, equipment, flammable
liquid storage tanks, etc.
Keep incinerators at least 50 feet
from buildings or important structures and open burning 100 feet
from buildings or important structures.
Haystacks, large round bales, biomass
fuels, and other combustible products should be kept 40 feet from
biomass heating systems.
Use the ten digit operation I.D.
number available from local law enforcement officials on all
removable items, equipment, and machinery for theft prevention.