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Safety warning after another barn fire in Cornwall

Safety warning after another barn fire in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 11:11am 14th August 2019. (Updated at 11:14am 14th August 2019)

Stock photo of barn fire: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has issued a safety warning after another barn fire in Cornwall.

Firefighters from Penzance and St Just were scrambled to Escalls near Sennen on Tuesday.

Straw bales were well alight and crews raced to clear those not burning to stop the blaze from spreading.

The incident follows recent, bigger blazes in north Cornwall - where barns were completely destroyed.

"Two fire appliances from St Just and one fire appliance from Penzance are in attendance at a fire involving straw bales inside a barn. 

"Firefighters are working with the farmer to remove bales that are not alight and firefighters are using one main jet and a hosereel to extinguish the bales that are on fire".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

How can I keep my farm safe from fire?

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has produced an advice booklet about fire safety on farms.

There are some simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of fire on your farm:

  • Store petrol, diesel, fuels and chemicals in clearly labelled approved containers. They should be stored separately and securely in locations away from other farm buildings.
  • Check storage areas for any ignition sources such as electrics, machinery and smoking.
  • Keep areas clean of rubbish, oily rags, firewood and other fuel sources.
  • Service your farm machinery regularly to ensure it is free from mechanical defects that could start fires.
  • Clean all machinery regularly to ensure belly pans and spaces around motors are free from oil, dust, grease, straw and hay.
  • Bale and stack hay when it's dry to prevent spontaneous combustion. In Cornwall nearly a quarter of all barn fires are caused by storing damp or wet hay.
  • Carry out welding and angle grinding only in clear areas.
  • Have safe areas for smoking and dispose of cigarettes and matches properly.
  • If you need to have a bonfire, minimise the risk of it spreading to barns and other buildings by planning the location carefully and making sure the fire is not left unattended.
  • Maintain and clearly identify all fire-fighting equipment. Make sure it's easy to access, check that it's in good working order and have it serviced regularly.

You can download the advice booklet and read more information here.

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