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FIRE: Prevent

  • Prohibit smoking in or around the barn.

  • Avoid parking tractors and vehicles in or near the barn.

  • Store other machinery and flammable materials outside the barn.

  • Inspect electrical systems regularly and immediately correct any problems.

  • Minimize electric wire eating rodents like squirrels, mice, and rats.

  • Keep appliances to a minimum in the barn.

  • Be sure hay is dry before storing it.

  • Identify alternate water and power sources.

  • Secure or remove anything that could become blowing debris.

  • Label hazardous materials and place them all in the same safe area.

  • Remove old buried trash—a potential source of hazardous materials during flooding that may leach into crops, feed supplies, water sources and pasture.

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