10 Barn Fire and Wildfire Resources from TheHorse.com

10 Barn Fire and Wildfire Resources from TheHorse.com

No horse owners ever expect to find their barns engulfed in flames, or farm on the brink of destruction by a wildfire. Nonetheless, fire remains a constant threat to equine operations around the world

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No horse owners ever expect to find their barns engulfed in flames, or farm on the brink of destruction by a wildfire. Nonetheless, fire remains a constant threat to equine operations around the world. And, in the spirit of Fire Prevention Day, we've dug into our archives to bring you 10 free resources from TheHorse.com that contain important information on barn and wildfire preparedness.

Editor’s note: For additional resources and information, search "barn fire" or "wildfire" on TheHorse.com.

Article: Barn Fire Prevention
It’s a horrific sight: A barn engulfed in flames with terrified horses plunging about inside. It happens time and again at farms and racetracks across the country. Can barn fires be prevented? Yes, but no building is completely fireproof. However, farm owners and managers can take certain steps to minimize the chances of a fire occurring. Read More

Blog: Barn Fire Safety Checklist
Barn-fire prevention requires a strategy like no other. Get some tips on how to ensure your barn is as prepared as possible should a barn fire occur. Read More

Article: Tips for Surviving a Barn Fire
Barn owners and operators are frequently informed about how to reduce fire risks, but knowing how to react if a fire does break out is equally crucial. Learn what to do, what not to do, and what to expect if disaster strikes. Read More

Blogs: Barn Fire Prevention and Response and Barn Fire Prevention and Response, Part 2
We, as an industry, have "ostrich syndrome" when it comes to barn fire preparation—we think it won't happen to us. However, a quick look at the statistics shows that this is the No. 1 nonmedical emergency that injures and kills horses. What matters is this: What you have done to prevent and mitigate fire at your facility? Read More: Part 1 and Part 2

Article: Wildfires: Dealing with Smoke Inhalation
We all know that wildfires can be deadly for horses. But can the smoke and ash from these fires cause problems that might not be as evident to the naked eye? Phoebie Smith, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, tells us what signs of problems to watch for in horses post-wildfire. Read More

Article: Wildfires: When Evacuation is Not an Option
How can you best protect your horses from wildfires if evacuation isn't an option? Learn about "shelter in place" techniques owners can implement before a wildfire arrives. Read More

Blog: Firewise Tips for Horse Owners
Many horse owners live in rural areas that are surrounded by trees or open rangeland with grass or shrubs. In a dry year these materials can easily become fuels for wildfire--high temperatures, limited summer rainfall, strong winds, and lightning storms all lead to very high risk of fire danger. Here are a few points to help you identify wildfire risks for your horse property along with the appropriate actions to minimize those risks. Read More

Article: Tips to Protect Horses, Livestock from Wildfire
Horse owners and ranchers can take precautions to reduce the risk and spread of wildfire and protect their animals from injury or death by fire. Is your farm ready? Read More

Article: Barn Fires: The Veterinarian's Role (AAEP 2012)
Even with the best preventive measures, barn fires do happen, so it's important that veterinarians are ready to manage patients during and after a blaze—a well-thought-out approach to triage can save horses' lives. Read More

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