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Farm Fire Safety

Protect your land from arson and accidental fire

●   Remove hay and straw from fields as soon as possible and store separate from other buildings.

●   Install perimeter fencing, lighting and intruder sensors and keep these well maintained.

●   Store fuels, fertilisers and pesticides in secure areas and padlock storage tank outlets.

●   Dispose of refuse safely and on a regular basis.

● Keep fire fighting equipment in working order.

● Control smoking and hot working.

● Keep farm machinery chaff free, serviced and in good condition.

● Prepare a fire action plan and keep escape routes clear at all times.

● Try to have a tractor with machinery free, to cut a fire break if necessary.

● Regularly check and maintain open water supplies for fire fighting.

If there is a fire…

● Call the Fire & Rescue Service without delay.

● Only attempt to fight the fire if it is safe to do so.

● Evacuate livestock should the fire spread.

● Prepare to use farm machinery to assist.

Your responsibilities by law…
Fire safety legislation applies to all farm buildings
where people work, including packing sheds,
milking parlours, barns, holiday lets and
farmhouses used for providing bed and breakfast.
If you employ five or more people, you are required
by law to carry out a fire risk assessment of your
farm buildings and record the findings.

Your responsibilities by law…

Fire safety legislation applies to all farm buildings where people work, including packing sheds, milking parlours, barns, workshops and areas used for staff accommodation. This legislation also applies for those who have diversified into other commercial business such as holiday lets, farmhouses used for providing bed and breakfast, cafes, farm shops and caravan or camping sites.

You are required by law to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment of your farm buildings. If you employ five or more people you must record the findings.

Notification and Marking of Sites (NAMOS)

The NAMOS Regulations, require the person in control of any site or premises where a total quantity of 25 tonnes or more of dangerous substances, or 150 tonnes or more of ‘relevant ammonium nitrate mixtures’ are used or stored, or are to become used or stored, to give written notification to both the Fire & Rescue Service and the Health and Safety Executive. 

Here you can find a copy of our Notification and Marking of Sites letter

 Further Information

Download our farm fire safety leaflet.

Download the National Fire Chiefs Council Arson Reduction Leaflet

Visit our arson prevention advice website page

You can also find information on our legislation and guidance for business page

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further advice via our Ask us a Question form or calling 01609 780150 and asking for your local Business Fire Safety Team.

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