“Barn Fire.” Nothing in the world sends a shiver up the spines of horse owners as quickly as those two words. Recent statistics have the numbers as high as 1,200 barn fires a year. Surprisingly, a large number of fires are caused by factors that were, in all likelihood, well within the barn owner’s power to prevent. Only a few are from completely unforeseeable causes such as lightening or vandalism. Some are the result of fast-moving wildfires. But, as you will see in the pages of this book, even fires sparked by lightening, failed wiring, or vandalism will do less damage if owners have taken a few small preventative precautions in advance. This book will prove without a doubt that you can impact whether or not a fire takes your barn or your animals.
YOU CAN REDUCE OR PREVENT BARN FIRES
• When and how fires happen and how they spread.
• Simple things you can do to reduce the risk of a fire starting in your facility.
• Advance preparations that can make the difference in an emergency.
• What to do if you have to evacuate and how to prepare in advance.
• How to conduct fire drills and work with your local fire department.
• Building design and equipment that will reduce the risk of fire.
• Firescaping, security and crime prevention measures to keep your barn safe.
Trade paperback, 6 x 9”, 136 pages, illustrated.
AUTHOR KIM MARIETTE
Kim Mariette has been involved with horses most of her life. Living in an area where there are many stables, she has witnessed first hand the death and destruction wrought by barn fires. As many as 1,200 barn fires are documented annually, and many more are not reported. Kim, who writes for numerous periodicals, has compiled a wealth of information into one handy resource book.
CONTENTS FOR WHEN BARN FIRE STRIKES
1. Anatomy of a Barn Fire
2. How Fires Start – Ignition Sources
3. How Fires Spread – Fuel Sources in the Barn
4. Electrical Hazards in the Barn
5. Outside Sources of Fire
6. Fire Prevention Measures
7. Building Design and Equipment
8. Safety Measures in the Barn
9. Be Prepared
10. When You Need to Evacuate
Other Sources of Information
Statistics for barn structure fires are truly saddening. This book is going to show you how and when barn fires happen and how you can reduce risk factors and keep your horses safe. It is a sobering reality check.
Editor, Art Horse Magazine
I was stunned to discover that fire safety devices such as smoke alarms and sprinklers are not specifically required for horse housing in most states. For much of the country, horses are still classified as “livestock” and thus are subject to the barest minimum of legalities when it comes to protecting them from fire. But you don’t need state laws and regulations to do it. You just have to go out in the barn and start. This book is for all the horses that made it out of a burning barn, and for those that didn’t.
I was shocked to discover the numerous fire hazards in my own barn to which I hadn’t given a second thought until I read this book. A copy should be in the barn, the house, and the trailer of every horse owner, whether they stable their own horse or board at large facility. You’ll be amazed at how this small book will raise your awareness and help you to be better prepared in case of an emergency.