Are You Prepared for a Successful Harvest?
Harvest time is when all the hard work of planting and growing is on the line. However, a fire can quickly wipe all the time and investment out in just a matter of minutes. A fire will not only cost your livelihood but could result in the loss of lives, property, and machinery. Avoid a catastrophe this harvest season, prepare now in case of a fire emergency.
During a fire emergency, one needs to be ready to take immediate action to eliminate or limit the spread of a fire. A fire can spread so quickly in a crop area that seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Always have a dependable fire extinguisher, like STOP-FYRE® readily on hand. Be sure to have STOP-FYRE® in accessible places on all machinery. On your machinery, mount a STOP-FYRE® in the cab and one outside for easy access. We also recommend installing an Automatic STOP-FYRE® system on your machinery as equipment fires often, and easily, happen without warning. Don’t forget extinguishers should also be placed in fueling areas, near parked machinery, and other storage areas on your farm.
Having an extinguisher is not enough, everyone needs to be trained on how to properly use STOP-FYRE®. First, find the base of the fire (hottest spot) and spray STOP-FYRE® at the base using SHORT BURSTS. Assess if the fire is out and spray again if necessary.
In addition to training, place signs for people to see where the nearest extinguisher is located. All workers should know where extinguishers are located and how to properly use them.
Follow This Checklist for a Successful Harvest
- Train everyone on how to properly use your extinguishers.
- Have a plan and review it with everyone. Include how to use extinguishers, communication with 911 and other workers, and evacuation procedures.
- Confirm all extinguishers are ready for use and signage is clearly visible.
- Mount extinguishers in the cab and one outside. Install an Automatic system.
- Inspect and maintain all fuel-powered machinery.
- Have safety procedures for refueling and parking of machinery. Allow 15 minutes for engines to cool off and do not park on dry, grassy areas or near structures.
- Inspect storage areas for any signs of combustion and other possible problems.
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Don’t let your harvest go up in smoke, be prepared in case of a fire emergency. Follow our checklist to help ensure you have a safe and successful fall.