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Arson Prevention

Take some simple precautions to reduce the risk of arson on your farm.

Reduce the risk of fire

  • Store hay and straw separate from other buildings, particularly those housing fuel, agrochemicals and machinery.
  • Ensure haystacks are spaced at least 10 metres apart.
  • Ensure livestock is housed separately from hay and straw.
  • Fertilisers, petrol, diesel other fuels should be stored in secure areas.
  • Storage tank outlets should be padlocked.
  • Install security lighting and intruder sensors.
  • Dispose of waste and refuse safely and on a regular basis.
  • Regularly maintain and repair buildings, fencing or gates.

Reduce the spread of fire

There are a number of things that you can do to reduce the spread of fire on your land should a fire start:

  • Keep farm machinery chaff free, serviced and in good condition.
  • Try and have a tractor with machinery free, to cut a fire break should the need arise.
  • Have a full water tank in close proximity when harvesting.
  • Regularly check and maintain open water supplies for fire fighting.
  • Remind farm workers of their need to be careful with cigarettes and matches while harvesting.

For further advice on fire and safety visit Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.