Know the risks of a wildfire on your farm

fire_vectorHow safe is your farm from a wildfire? Wildfires are common in many states across the country and should be seen as a great risk to farmers. Michigan State University Extension suggests farmers be a little more proactive at reducing the risk of a damaging fire.

A few risk factors to keep in mind:

– Old wooden barns or outbuildings

– Flammable livestock bedding

– Stored hay bales

– Flammable liquids and chemicals

– Remote location in relationship to the nearest fire station

– Lightening strikes

– Dried crops in the field, ready for harvest

All of these things can make your farm more susceptible to wildfires and can have a huge impact on your land, your operation, and your family. It would be wise to develop a disaster plan and know how you will handle a wildfire in your area if it gets too close for comfort.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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