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- No smoking! Even if you’re not a smoker insist that visitors and friends follow the rule. Signs are helpful, but still plan on keeping a careful eye on those on your property.
- Remove combustibles from the barn. That would include things like fly spray, liniments, cleaners, and other flammable products often found in wash stalls and tack rooms.
- Store hay, straw, and sawdust in small amounts with larger quantities found in a separate storage barn.
- Remove any hay that is very warm to the touch. It is more than likely holding a lot of moisture and could be combustible.
- Clean up your barn by removing cobwebs, loose hay, empty feed bags, hay twine, and anything else in the aisle that could catch fire or impede a quick exit.
- Check and double check electrical cords and outlets. Unplug appliances after usage and store in a safe area. If you have to use extension cords, only use heavy-duty industrial type and unplug when finished.
- Make sure to have a plan. If disaster was to strike, know your exit locations and where to find a fire extinguisher.