A serious fire on a farm can affect the financial stability of even the most well run business. Forty percent of businesses that suffer arson attacks never trade successfully again.
Farms are particularly vulnerable to arson. Their isolated location, open boundaries and large amounts of ignitable hay and straw make them an easy target.
Take some simple precautions to reduce the risk of arson on your farm.
- Remove hay and straw from fields as soon as possible after harvesting. Store it in separate buildings, away from fuels, agrochemicals, machinery and livestock.
- Store petrol, diesel, fertilisers, pesticides and other fuels in secure areas
- Padlock your storage tank outlets.
- Dispose of waste and refuse safely and on a regular basis.
- Maintain and repair buildings, fencing or gates on a regular basis.
- Install intruder sensors and security lighting.
- Replace or re-site security and warning notices.
- Maintain fire-fighting equipment and make regular checks that they are in good order.
- Dogs and geese can give effective early warning of intruders. However, do not allow guard dogs to roam free.
- Prepare a fire routine and action plan and make sure all farm workers know what to do.
Preventing fires in grassland and standing crops
- Don't allow the lighting of open fires or barbecues.
- Extinguish cigarettes properly.
- Only allow camping and picnicking in monitored areas.
- Provide litter bins for bottles and other rubbish. Empty them on a regular basis.
- Ask parents to supervise children.
- Regularly check and maintain open water supplies for fire-fighting.
- Ensure 'Fire Danger' warning signs are in place.
If a fire breaks out
- Call Fire & Rescue without delay on 999.
- Only attempt to fight the fire if it is safe to do so.
- Send someone to the farm entrance to give directions.
- Prepare to evacuate livestock should the fire spread.
- Prepare any farm machinery to assist Fire & Rescue.
Call 999 and ask for police and fire if an arson attack is in progress on your farm.
If you have been the victim of arson, call 101 or report it online.
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06 Apr 20 7:35 AM