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Farm fire safety

Fire is a part of life on the land. While it can be a useful tool on farms, fire can also be dangerous, destroying homes, livestock, machinery and equipment, crops and livelihoods.

If you live on a farm, ensure you have a plan for what you, your family, employees and workmates will do if there is a fire.

You can reduce the risk to your home, buildings, machinery and animals by:

  • Considering how fire trucks would reach your property. Will bridges or cattle grids be able to carry the weight of a fire truck?
  • Replacing or repairing damaged roofing and weatherboards where embers can enter.
  • Moving any woodpiles or other flammable material away from buildings.
  • Storing petrol and fuel safely away in a shed.
  • Having a well maintained garden around your home, with short green grass close to buildings.
  • Having firefighting equipment like pumps, hoses and fire extinguishers, and ensure they are at hand if you're working in paddocks.
  • Trimming branches away from power lines.
  • Keeping your farm machinery well maintained. Just one spark is enough to start a fire.
  • Identifying refuge paddocks where stock can be moved during fires.
  • Preparing fire breaks ahead of the fire season by mowing, grazing, brush cutting or ploughing around buildings, crops, pasture, storage areas, along key fence lines and other exposures. Effective fire breaks help prevent fire escaping from your property and reduce the likelihood of fires entering. Fire breaks should, where practical, be designed to avoid trees or to provide an additional break around the trees themselves. Work with your neighbours to construct effective fire breaks.

Farm FireWise

Farm FireWise helps NSW rural landholders prepare for and prevent bush fires. It provides support and advice on building bush fire preparedness into your business plans, and gives you the knowledge and skills to protect your family, home and business when bush fire threatens your property.

Farm FireWise aims to reinvigorate and foster relationships between rural communities, volunteer brigades and the NSW RFS as partners in bush fire protection. It assists landholders to view and assess bush fire risk on a more holistic level across the landscape.

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