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Homestead Fire Prevention: Protecting Your Home, Crops, and Livestock

| 11/22/2019 9:28:00 AM

Homestead Crops Burning

Your homestead should be a place of safety, security and happiness. Your homestead should be a safe space to live with your loved ones, where you can raise your own food and support your family. However, in the event of a fire, your homestead could become a threat to you and your family. Luckily, there are many things you can do to prevent this from happening. Taking action now could help you protect your home in the future. Should a fire occur, knowing what to do and having a plan in place can help minimize damage and save lives.

Protecting Crops and Farmland

Crops and farmland should be adequately watered. If your crops are properly hydrated throughout the growing season, they should be less susceptible to damage from a major fire. There are other things you can do to ensure your property is unlikely to be damaged. For example:

Protect Your Irrigation Sources. Keep your well, pump and other irrigation sources away from combustible materials. Ensure that your water sources can reach all corners of your homestead, from wooded areas to crop land and so on.

Remove Excess Growth. Grass and weeds can become dry in the summer months, and can easily spread a fire if one should break out on your property. Removing excess plant growth can slow the spread of fire and may enable you to save your homestead if a disaster should strike. Cut down grass and weeds and fill in empty spaces with rock mulch or sand.

Keep Combustible Materials Away from Hot Vehicles. Materials like straw and hay can be highly combustible. If a hot tractor should be driven near or parked near a stack of hay or another combustible material, it could lead to a fire. Be aware of what's around you when driving a tractor, and keep tractors away from flammable debris.

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