Farm Fire Safety
Barn fires can cause a devastating loss of livestock and assets for owners in addition to emotional and economic hardships for families, businesses and communities. The North Grenville Fire Service wants to help prevent such losses by promoting fire safety on farms and agricultural properties in our community. Download a Farm Fire Safety Checklist.
- Have a qualified professional complete assessments of all farm buildings
- Have all electrical equipment inspected yearly by a licensed electrical contractor, including wiring, mechanical and heating systems
- When heat lamps are required, protect the immediate area with non-combustible sheathing, keep the area around the heat lamp clear of clutter or bedding materials that could catch fire and only use heat lamps with the CSA or ULC label
- Establish good housekeeping practices - eliminate clutter inside and outside the buildings to the risk of fire spreading
- Be sure to check exposed electrical equipment for corroded parts and repair all damaged fixtures or equipment as soon as possible
- Avoid storing dangerous fuels and chemicals such as gasoline, cleaning fluids or solvents inside barns
- Ensure that all applicable regulations are followed when constructing or renovating farm buildings
- Make sure all equipment and motors are in good working condition, and free from dust and debris
- Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand
- Make sure a reliable source of water is available and easily accessible by fire departments.
Ontario encourages owners of farm buildings to follow these best management practices when working with livestock in farm buildings. Planning ahead to reduce risks and prevent accidents will help protect employees, family members and animals.
For more information visit: OMAFRA's Barn Fire Information page or call the North Grenville Fire Service at (613) 258-9569 x205.
Consumer fireworks are designed for recreational use by the general public. Fireworks must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and general safety precautions.
- Should be stored in a cool, dry and well ventilated place away from children.
- Firing site should have plenty of clear space with no obstacles.
- A good firing base, such as a pail of sand should be used, and never use fireworks in windy conditions.
- Use recommended safety equipment.
- Keep water nearby
- Sparklers can easily reach temperatures of upto 1500 degrees Celsius and can cause severe burns. Consider safe alternatives – such as glow sticks.
- Noise generated from the detonation of fireworks may cause fear-stress-anxiety to people, pets and wildlife.
Christmas Tree Safety
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.
Download the Christmas Tree Safety Fact Sheet
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
- Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.