fire prevention tips

The combination of increased risk and high-value assets makes fire protection at farms and ranches a high priority. The first step in minimizing the fire and wildfire risk is increased knowledge and awareness.

It's never too early to prepare. Take several basic steps right now to protect your family, farm/ranch and property from disaster.

Wildfire prevention tips

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To minimize the risk of possible fire hazards in your operations and residence:

  • Remove or isolate highly flammable and combustible materials and accelerants
  • Train and conduct fire drills for employees and family members
  • Develop a plan to evacuate livestock, or maintain an area where livestock can be moved, such as a plowed or heavily-grazed field or pasture with water and shade
  • Work with your fire department to make sure an adequate water supply is available and that obstructions are removed from aisles, walkways, driveways and doors
  • Provide a list of stored hazardous materials to your fire department, and update regularly
  • Stress the importance of everyday maintenance and housekeeping
  • Post signs and enforce “no smoking” bans in barns and around machinery and combustible and flammable materials
  • Install, inspect and maintain appropriate smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and sprinklers in residences and farm buildings, on combines and tractors, and around mechanized equipment

Regional wildfire safety and risk management guides

Wildfire risks can vary from region to region due to variations in topography, climate and vegetation. To help property owners better understand their risks, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety developed the following guides to help property owners assess their wildfire risk:

Wildfire safety and risk management brochures

Learn how to create defensible space and decrease wildfire risk around your property with the following quick reference brochures:

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The information provided in the third party website linked above was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Nationwide, its affiliates and employees do not guarantee improved results based upon the information contained therein and assume no liability in connection with the information safety suggestions or loss mitigation recommendations provided. The recommendations are general in nature and unique circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety and loss mitigation suggestions. There may be additional safety procedures and loss mitigation suggestions that are not referenced in the linked site.

This information is meant to help you make decisions that may reduce your risk. Of course, we can't note every possible risk, and we can’t guarantee these tips will work for you. However, we hope that if you use some of them, you'll better protect your family and yourself.