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Especially this year, have a plan for fire safety

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 6, 2021

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It’s hot and it’s excessively dry.

Every year we seem to have this conversation about fire safety at harvest, but I think this year especially, it’s crucial that we are having the discussion.

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I am no expert at this topic, however, a recent grass fire half a mile from my house — that got lucky due to low winds and a small shower of rain the night before — reminded me of how quick it can go.

Harvest is one of those times of the year where we just want to get the crop off as quick as we can. There are many farmers pulling long days, and in an effort to keep eyes and brains fresh, operators can sometimes end up being family members, neighbours, and others who just want to help. This community mentality is great — do not get me wrong here — but it can sometime lead to quick operational training, with fire safety left out.

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There are few things worse than the panic that can consume a person when you are sitting on a piece of machinery and trying to decipher where the strong smell of smoke is coming from in 35 degree heat.

Of course, some things simply can’t be prevented. However, the question remains: what can we do to bring the risk of a fire down to a minimum when operating machinery?

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A crucial factor is education. Have the conversation with your kids or others helping out at harvest that may not usually be around machinery. I compiled a list of tips and tricks from a number of sources (found below) to get you started:

Have something you’d like to add? Leave a comment, tweet us @realagriculture, or send me an email — koosterhuis@realagriculture.com.

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Resources used:

Avoiding, Preparing For and Reacting to Harvest Fires

Tips for Preventing Combine Fires

9 Tips to Prevent a Fire During Harvest

Harvest safety: Combine considerations