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Farm Fire Prompts Important Safety Advice

Date : 27 May 2022

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is issuing farm fire safety advice following a recent fire at an agricultural building. 

Crowborough and Mayfield crews recently attended a fire which is believed to have started due to an electrical fault in an older piece of farm machinery. 

Crowborough’s Station Manager Trevor Funnell said: “Please take care when recommissioning farm equipment after long term storage, other risks include hot processes such as welding as well as handling fuels and chemicals. ESFRS would ask you to take extra care when working alone and in remote areas of the farm where you would be more vulnerable” 

Farmers are required by law, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, to carry out a fire risk assessment of their farm buildings. 

Fire safety hints for farms

  • Hay and straw should be removed from the field as soon as possible after harvesting.
  • Are you storing it separately from other buildings, particularly those housing fuels, agrochemicals and machinery? Is in stacks of reasonable size, spaced at least ten metres apart? It is stored separately from livestock housing?
  • Have you ensured that petrol, diesel and other fuels are stored in secure areas and storage tank outlets are padlocked?
  • Are you keeping your fertilisers and pesticides under lock and key?
  • Have you recently checked that open water supplies are being properly maintained for firefighting?
  • Are you disposing of refuse safely and on a regular basis?
  • When did you last check unoccupied areas on your farm? Are they safe and secure? Have you made sure there is no unnecessary accumulation of combustible materials?
  • If you allow visitors or camping on your farm, ensure all barbecues are properly supervised and do not allow the lighting of open fires on the property. Make sure you only allow camping and picnicking in selected areas.
  • Have you checked that Fire Danger warning signs are in place?  


For further advice click here: https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/fire-risk-assessment/fire-safety-risk-assessment-guides/farms/


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