If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Read all of NFPA's lightning safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet.
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Rural communities face unique fire risks. The distance between communities and between residents within those communities results in challenges related to fire. Fire death rates in rural areas are very high. Additionally, loss of property and livestock have an extreme emotional and economic impact on residents in the local area.
Barn fire safety checklist (PDF, 828 KB)
Fires in barns and farm outbuilding put people, animals, and property at risk each year. Use this checklist to reduce risk of fires in the barn.
NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities
NFPA 150 covers barns where animals are housed and is invaluable to anyone interested in safety in this type of property.
Public Fire Education Planning for Rural Communities: A Five Step Process, NFPA & USFA, October 2007
This planning guide introduces a simple, easy-to-use planning process to develop a fire safety program for rural communities. The information in this planning guide is based on the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) booklet Public Fire Education Planning: A Five-Step Process. The steps have been modified for application in any rural community, regardless of location, size, population demographics, or fire problem. The process leads you to solutions based specifically on your community’s resources, problems, and values.
Perth East in Ontario, Canada has developed the farm fire safety program, “Building a Farm Fire Safe Community” to address the growing concern of farm-related fires. View their video, “More at Stake Than The Barn” below.
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