Fire is one of the most powerful and beneficial forces of nature known to man. However, just like other forces such as electricity, the utility and value of fire can only be experienced and enjoyed within properly defined and maintained structures of control. This means that anytime you control fire you will enjoy all its immense benefits and anytime, including festive harvest seasons, fire takes control you will encounter disaster.
That is why this article is dedicated to impart priceless insights that you can effectively harness in order to make sure that your vintage seasons are not degenerating into seasons of loss or calamity due to accidental fires. The following precautions will go a long way in ensuring that not only this harvest season, but also every other harvest time, you will avoid the ugly sites of accidental fires on your farm.
Precaution #1: Engine matters
Make sure that you allow machine engines, for example tractors, enough time to cool down before you refuel them. Do not be in a hurry in a bid to “save time” and end up losing important things that time can’t buy back such as your own precious life.
Precaution #2: Check the machinery
Another preventive measure is to take time and inspect the machines around the farm. Check out and try to smell any strange odor that could be indicative of a possible combustion so that you can take timely intervention measures.
Precaution #3: Carry and maintain a fire fighting kit
This is a standard preventive measure. Make sure that all the machinery on the farm are equipped with fire fighting tools. Besides just being equipped, make sure that they are always in their right working condition and everyone on the farm has adequate knowledge of operating the tools.
Precaution #4: Lubrication of sensitive machinery parts
Make sure that the bearings and drives are kept in a constant state of lubrication.
Precaution #5: Communication gadgets
If you are working on a larger harvest field, make sure that you have mobile communication devices to report and get reinforcement in case a fire erupts or is about to erupt in one part of the field.
Precaution #6: Keep all wires and fuel lines covered
Make sure that none of these is left naked or damaged. If these are not checked and maintained properly, there are high chances of them becoming a cause of combustion.
Precaution #7: Right parking for the right vehicles
Make sure that you pack low clearance vehicles away from dry crop remains. This is because their exhaust pipes can easily start a fire that could set a whole field ablaze.
Precaution #8: Deal with inflammable waste materials
Make sure that all inflammable waste does not come into contact with areas that emit heat. Things such as lubricant remains or remains of an oily crop such sunflower should be disposed of carefully so that they do not come into contact with heat and start a fire.