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Harvest Fire Safety Precautions

For those of you harvesting some precautions you may already be taking but no harm in listing them:

  • Alert staff to the dangers of machinery, crop and stubble fires and make sure they know what to do in the event of a fire.
  • Have some homemade fire beaters made up and readily available – early intervention can save a lot of trouble later.
  • If you have one, keep a filled water bowser with a high-capacity outlet hose ready to hitch on.
  • Always keep a cultivator ready to go to help with any larger-scale stubble fires.
  • Have fields baled asap after harvesting.
  • Cut a little higher on flinty soils to avoid sparks.
  • Be even more careful with overhead power lines, they sag in hot weather.
  • Clean harvest debris from engine compartments and exhaust pipes as often as necessary but at least daily.
  • Have a fire extinguisher fitted to every vehicle.
  • In the event of a fire don’t hesitate to call the fire brigade – the sooner they get there the better.
  • Use what3words to give an exact location of the field access point to the call handler – download it to your phones