Barn Fire Prevention
I am not sure about you, but I have several irrational fears about the safety of my horses. One of my all time scariest nightmares is to have a barn fire….
This week, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez has written a very important post about barn fire prevention. Dr. Gimenez is the president and veterinarian of TLAER, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. This organization offers wonderful education about emergency situations that might occur to everyday horse folks. For more information go to www.TLAER.org.
- It must be able to DETECT a fire with good quality smoke/flame/heat detectors – even if humans aren’t present
- Then it has to ALERT the response system (locally, the fire department is alerted and begins to respond)
- Prefer that you can (if present) EVACUATE the animals from the outside wall (no one should go into the interior aisle) or sending them down a lane way to evacuate themselves to a far pasture. This works best if practiced occasionally.
- Finally SUPPRESS the flame threat (usually via working extinguishers, hoses and sprinkler systems)
- Then get the RESPONSE on scene (local fire department arrives to fully extinguish the fire
Sprinklers are what NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) strongly recommends in their Standard 150 http://www.nfpa.org/codes-
Dr. Rebecca Gimenez