There is a well-known adage in the horse world that states, in one manner or another, “If there is the remotest chance that something innocuous could become a hazard, you can guarantee that your horse will show you what it is.”
We all know what that means, usually from first-hand experience. If there’s one teeny, itty-bitty piece of wire in the pasture, some equine will get cut, scratched, punctured, or tangled up in it. That means we have to examine every item in our barn, and on our property, to determine if it could, in fact, become a hazard. We must walk through our barn, studying those everyday innocuous objects with an eye to potential dangers. We have to ask ourself, “What if. . .?”
Most of the following articles are written by Laurie Loveman, except where noted as a contributor article, included because it is particularly useful. Those articles are attributed and always published or linked to with permission. New articles will be added periodically.
- What Gives a Fire Life and Keeps It Going?
- The Danger Of Smoke
- Electrical Considerations
- Case Study: Whispering Pines Riding Club Inspection
- Additional Contributor Article: Up In Flames
- Construction Plans And Materials For New Barns
- Lightning Protection
- Fire Prevention Inside Your Barn
- Hazardous Materials
- Making a Preplan
- Fire Prevention Outside Your Barn
- Additional Article: Fire Safety: Making Every Moment Count
- Safe Hay Storage
- Additional Contributor Article: Hay Barn Fires by Mike Weider (PDF)
- Security Considerations
- ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION – Microchips Provide Security for your Animals
- Additional Contributor Article: Little time could help cut crime on the farm
- Additional Contributor Article: This time, cattle are killed; next time it may be people (Meth Lab theft dangers)
- Wildland Fires — Planning, Planning, Planning
- Electric Appliances(Updated 8/30/11)
- Heated Water Buckets – Another Cause for Concern?
If A Fire Starts
- Detection and Alerting Devices
- Fire Suppression – Before The Fire Department Arrives
- A Dialogue About Sprinkler Systems
- Additional Contributor Article: A Sprinkler Story
- A letter from Terry Dayton, Fire and Mold Protection Specialist
- Evacuating Your Barn in a Fire
- Additional Contributor Article: Halter Breaking
- Additional Contributor Article: Helping Hand
- Additional Contributor Article: Developing an Equine Barn Escape Plan
- Additional Contributor Article: Good livestock evacuation plans are no accident
- Additional Contributor Article: Fire Plans and Drills
- Additional Contributor Article: Why Do They Do That?
- Loveman Barn Sketch: Sample sketch of horse locations in barn (PDF)
- First Responders
- Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm (PDF)
- Barn Fires Involving Livestock Facts for First Responders (PDF)
- Additional Contributor Article: Reigning Cats & Dogs
- In The Aftermath Of A Fire
- Additional Contributor Article: Grieving the Loss of a Horse
- Additional Contributor Article: ‘Tough little horse’ badly burned
- Thoroughbred Times Article (external link): Treating the survivors of barn fires
- How We Can Change Our Laws: Adopting Ordinances
- Additional Contributor Article: Dealing with the Aftermath of a Pig Barn Fire (PDF)
All articles were written by Laurie Loveman, unless otherwise noted as a contributor article.
Additional Contributor Articles:
Barn Fire Safety
John Stacy, Digital Marketing Manager at MDBarnmaster, offers some interesting statistics and suggestions for fire safety.
Rural Fire Safety Advice – Fire Risk Assessment
By Adam Engledow, Fire Consultant
Adam provides some universal fire prevention suggestions from a British viewpoint.
Fire In The Barn
By Pohla Smith
Psychological as well as physical effects from a barn fire can be devastating. If your barn catches fire, will your horses naturally flee to safety? Will they resist your efforts to evacuate them? Or will they run back to the barn if they are unsecured after you get them out? A combination of primal behavior, learned behavior, and the panic that even humans can succumb to in a hot, smoky, and flame-lit room can produce many different reactions.
Fires in factory farms are taking a heavy toll
By Andrew Hunt
Something horrible is happening in Canada and most Canadians probably aren’t even aware of it. An epidemic of factory farm fires have blazed across the country over the past several years, resulting in untold tens of thousands of animals being burned alive.
Insurance: Are You Covered?
By Stephen Hall
Can you think of a barn management chore more exciting than reviewing your insurance policy? OK, pretty much all of them. But when an accident happens or an injury or illness leads to a mountain of veterinary bills and legal defense fees, you will be glad that you took the time to make sure that your business has the coverage it needs.
OpEd News — March 27, 2010
Governor Strickland: Shut This Egg Inferno Down
By Martha Rosenberg
Once again, thousands of trapped animals have died from a factory farm fire. 250,000 hens at Ohio Fresh Eggs in Harpster died when firefighters “cut power to the chicken barns and ventilation systems to keep the flames from spreading,” say news reports.
Lessons Learned from a Barn Fire
A fire creates an immediate need for action–not only for fighting the fire or evacuating animals, but for all the economic factors. Phone calls have to be made to feed dealers, insurance agents, the bank for arranging credit, and sources for helping employees and other involved people to work through their loss of animal(s) or loss-of-job fears. “Lessons Learned From a Barn Fire” by John Dietzwas published in National Hog Farmer in the May 15, 2004 issue and is pertinent to all animal facilities. I urge you to read how Manager Lorne Tannas handled the problems created by the fire that destroyed part of the Tobacco Creek Farm in 2003.
David Yates on Heating: I wrote David regarding the recent, overwhelming number of barn fire reports coming in and got an important response everyone should read.
Tips From a Fire Fighter
Contributed by Jim Clark-Dawe
Attorney at Law and Volunteer Fire Fighter
Author of Equine Liability: What Every Horse Owner Needs to Know
Our Barn Fire July 1997
by Lorri Elkington, Dry Creek Ranch
Yates on Plumbing
Dave Yates owns F.W. Behler, a contracting company in York, Pennsylvania. He is a contributor to Contractormag.com, and with his great sense of humor showing through (yes, he’s had some experience with horses and other livestock), gives us some information about heat tapes.