Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ag. minister advisory on barn fires

Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal is advising farmers to take precautions to prevent barn fires.

His warning comes after a spate of fires in the Waterloo-Wellington and Middlesex-Elgin areas.

Top on the list of recommendations is hiring a professional to check every building, plus a qualified electrician to conduct an annual inspection of all electrical systems.

Heat lamps should be surrounded by fireproof sheathing, outdoor litter should be cleaned away, gasoline and other similar inflammables should be stored outdoors and there should be a fire extinguisher handy.