Is Fire Prevention Worth It?
Farm fires are some of the most dangerous, and expensive fires that can happen. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over 20,000 farm fires happen each year. Farm fires can cost up to millions of dollars in lost equipment and resources. That translates to labor time, equipment losses, crop and livestock losses, and can significantly affect the bottom line. Farm fires are typically 9% more costly than industrial fires, estimating to $102 million total property losses per year. Additionally, farm fires cause 25 deaths per year as well. Prevention is necessary, if not a necessity to agriculture and farm life.
The high value equipment, property, and lives make farm fire prevention a necessary and mandatory practice. Many farmers think that fires will never happen to them, and don’t want to spend the money on fire prevention.
However, consider this: the average cost of a combine can be over $350,000 and a tractor over $100,000. If both go up in smoke, that could be a minimum of $500,000 of equipment lost. No equipment means no harvesting, which can cause lost crops and revenue. That totals to hundreds of thousands of dollars lost from a farm fire.
Fire can happen at any time, anywhere. By not investing in fire protection, you are putting your very livelihood at risk. Tractor, combine, and baler fires can happen multiple times a year, especially during harvest season. Money for fire prevention is only a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars lost during a fire.
Some other helpful resources about farm fire prevention: