Barn Fire Prevention

No building is completely fireproof, but farm owners and managers can take certain steps to minimize the chances of a fire occurring.
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Barn Fire Prevention
No building is completely fireproof, but farm owners and managers can take certain steps to minimize the chances of a fire occurring. | Photo: iStock

No barn is fireproof, but these steps can help minimize your farm’s risk.

It is a horrific sight: a barn engulfed in flames with terrified horses plunging about inside. It happens time and again at farms and racetracks across the country.

Can barn fires be prevented? Yes, according to extension agents at Pennsylvania State University and other institutions. Basically, they say, no building is completely fireproof, but farm owners and managers can take certain steps to minimize the chances of a fire occurring.

Causes of Barn Fires

There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. However, with barn fires there almost never is a “cure.” Once flames are spotted, it is usually too late. Only if a fire is discovered in the smoldering (burning without flame) stage–which can last a minute or hours–is there a chance to effectively put it out

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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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