Dear human friends,
One of Lord Nelson’s best pals reporting for blog post duty! My name is Allie, and I’m one of Dr. McKeever’s research horses. Did you know the most frequent times of the year for barn fires are during the summer and winter? In fact, heating appliances, rodents chewing wires, and dust accumulation on electrical surfaces are the most common causes of electrical fires in the winter season. After passing my horse firefighter certification test, Lord Nelson made it my responsibility to teach you about fire prevention, so you can take all the necessary precautions to stay as safe as possible!
When you really think about it, most of the supplies in your horse’s barn are flammable, meaning they easily catch fire. The key to preventing injuries and the spreading of fires is to store hay, straw, bedding, and farm machinery in a different building than where your horses are stalled.
Electrical fires are most common during the winter season. Make sure to store your hay and other flammable items away from where horses are stalled!
Although you might be cold this winter season, your horses are not if they are properly managed. Check out Lord Nelson’s latest blog post for maintaining your horse in the cold weather! In doing so, refrain from using space heaters, or other electric sources to keep warm. My best advice for my two legged friends is to bundle up in a lot of layers. You do not want to be responsible for causing an electrical fire because you did not put on a thermal shirt when you left the house in the morning!
Just like you should have smoke detectors in your house to alert you to evacuate, your horses should have smoke detectors in their houses! By keeping heat and smoke detectors in the barn, it notifies you of the fire early so you can get your horses out and try to save the building. Remember kids, never fight a fire that is already large and spreading!
Be sure to check out more fire safety measures for a checklist to ensure fire prevention in your neighborhood!
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