Safety tip: Preventing fires at harvest

The following tips to prevent field and combine fires are from this Safe Farms document.

1. Have operational fire extinguishers mounted on equipment and ensure everyone is trained to use them. Fire extinguishers need to meet the requirements of the provincial fire code. As a safe practice, ensure you have one in the cab and one that is accessible from the ground.

2. Ensure bearings and drives are lubricated and adjust tension as needed.

3. Check exposed wiring for damage, wear and deterioration.

4. Remove crop residue, dust, debris, dirt and excess lubricant around all heat sources regularly.

5. Before refueling farm equipment, allow the engine to cool.

6. During the day, walk around machinery and watch, listen and smell to check everything is in good working order.

7. Carry a shovel on harvesting equipment for potential fires. Take precautionary measures when using low clearance vehicles in fields, as exhaust pipes and catalytic converters can ignite dry grass or stubble.

Video on preventing combine fires