We know that God is good and that we must respect His omniscient justice, but it is true that we live in a world where bad things sometimes happen inexplicably. Thankfully, we as humans have the power to help ourselves prevent the fates we so desperately want to avoid by ordering our lives to reduce certain risks. Because of our superior knowledge and intellect, we’re called by God to ensure that both ourselves and the many creatures of our domain are protected from senseless tragedy.
Fire is one hazard that can greatly impact the lives of animals and their human stewards. Although most people only think about a fire escape plan for homes, horse owners should be aware of the risks facing their barns and stables. Creating an escape plan for horses can also be a lifesaver in case of an emergency, where a few minutes may be enough to ensure a horse’s survival.
In early October, the United States observed Fire Prevention Week, a period of time devoted to increasing our nation’s knowledge of fire safety practices and activities. Coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association, this week was created in response to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which left 100,000 people homeless at that time. Although this year’s theme focused on fire hazards found in kitchens, Deer Creek Structures wants to take this opportunity to pass on some pointers on keeping your barn and stables free of these risks.
Bales of hay, especially wet hay, create a unique fire risk, according to this article published by HorseChannel.com. Instead of reducing the risk of fire, moisture can actually attract the growth of microbes within the hay bales. These microbes increase the internal temperature of the hay and can even cause the hay to spontaneously combust. Storing hay so that it encounters the maximum amount of airflow, keeping the hay dry, is the best way to prevent against this hazard.
Barn owners should also keep hay and other flammable materials, such as wood chips, in parts of the barn that are separated from horse stables. These materials can provide a lot of quick burning fuel for a fire, and keeping them away from your horses can give you the extra few minutes necessary to save them. Fixing any faulty electrical wires and protecting the barn against lightning damage are other ways to fireproof your horse shelter against the damaging effects of fire.
Deer Creek Structures is happy to let all of our customers know about the best fire safety and prevention techniques they can employ to keep their equine friends safe. We place the physical safety of each and every horse at a premium, and we work hard to construct shelters that embody this belief.
*Video courtesy of John Boda