7 Principles of Barn Construction for Life Safety

 
To help reduce the risk of fire spreading in your stable -
Consider the following 7 Principles when building or renovating
Insulated wall number 1 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
• consider building materials that do not burn as readily
  (i.e. concrete block or steel) vs. highly combustible
  materials (i.e. wood frame or wood siding)
Separate hay and bedding storage number 2 COMPARTMENTATION

• large open spaces will allow a fire to spread more easily
  vs. separate rooms

• separate mechanical and service rooms with doors with
  closers will reduce spread, as well as, separate
  hay/bedding storage

Barn stall aisle number 3 MEANS OF EGRESS - EXITS
• have at least 2 ways out of the barn

• uncluttered wide aisles will assist when exiting

stall wall number 4 INTERIOR FINISHES

• type of material(s) used to cover walls, ceilings
  and floors can affect how far and fast the fire travels

electrical service panel number 5 BUILDING SERVICES

• ensure your services (i.e. electrical service, plumbing,
  heating and ventilation systems) are professionally
  installed and properly maintained

smoke/fire alarm system image number 6 FIRE DETECTION SYSTEMS
• consider smoke and fire alarm systems suitable for farms
fire extinguisher image number 7 FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS

• consider fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers and
  on-site water sources such as a pond accessible for
  fire department use

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