Fire Protection & Prevention on the Farm

07/01/2018 0 Comment(s) Around the Farm,

Farmers and rural businesses need to be alert to the risk of fire on their land whether it is prescribed burning, using chainsaws, or other machinery.

Farm and Land Operations

Fires can start from the smallest spark. So you need to be very careful when using machinery during extreme fire danger periods. Fires can start easily from, for example, slashers or mowers hitting stones, or exhausts when driving through or parking in stubble or long, dry grass. In extreme fire danger days, it is important to:

  • stop using welders, chainsaws, slashers and reducing some tractor operations
  • ensure diesel trucks with exhausts higher than the cab have spark-arrester shields fixed to the exhaust when carting hay
  • harvester operators are aware of the conditions outside their air-conditioned cabs
  • pay special attention to checking your machinery's bearings and moving parts
  • carry appropriate fire extinguishers, shovels, or knapsack sprayers during high-fire danger periods

Prescribed Burn-Offs

Fire is an efficient and economical way of clearing land on farms. It is also important it is contained within the area to be burnt and does not present any danger to life, neighbouring property or the environment. Farmers and other rural landowners can ensure the burn is effective and safe by:

  • knowing their legal requirements
  • ensuring the burn is planned and the land prepared
  • understanding burning techniques
  • recognising safety issues. To help you plan your burn
  • talk with your local Rural Fire Officer or Fire and Emergency centre

Assess the Risk of Fire to your Farm

Do you know the risk from fire to your farm? When assessing the risk of fire to your farm, you will need to consider the risks:

  • Inside your home
  • To your home from vegetation fire
  • To your farm buildings and machinery
  • During farm operations
  • During controlled burn offs

Wire Strike - A Guide for Farmers

Low-level spraying is a frequent occurrence and farmers and agricultural pilots need to work together to stay safe around wires. That’s the message from Worksafe and the Civil Aviation Authority who have developed a fact sheet on how to prevent wire strike – a cause of many agricultural pilot accidents and deaths. Read our Fact Sheet.

Power lines carry electricity essential to the daily running of the farm. Electricity should always be treated with respect and care, especially when working near power lines.