Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have responded to 223 agricultural farmland incidents over the last 5 years .
Due to the combustible materials stored in or around agricultural buildings, farms are at a high risk of fire, As farms are mostly situated in highly rural areas of the country, their isolated locations also increase the risk of fires spreading quickly and emergency services taking longer to locate and respond to fires. Increasingly high temperatures during the summer months also raises the risk of wildfires breaking out on farmland. It’s vital that farmers take necessary precautions to prevent the worst from happening, and ensure they’re prepared in case a fire breaks out.
Top tips to be prepared in case of fire:
It only takes one spark landing on dry materials to start a fire.
Arson is a common cause of farm fires. Taking necessary precautions can reduce the risks:
As a farmer it’s your responsibility to protect your business, your livestock and those who work
as employees on your premises, from fire.
Fire Safety Law applies to farmers so you must take action: