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Alberta Wildfire tweeted this photo taken near the town of Tomahawk in Parkland County on May 6. With dry conditions this year, officials are urging farmers and acreage owners to ‘FireSmart’ their property.

It doesn’t take much to reduce fire risk in the farmyard

An easy-to-do cleanup of the yard and area right next to the house is worthwhile

Reading Time: 2 minutes Provincial officials are urging farmers and acreage owners to ‘FireSmart’ their property. Dry conditions have seen wildfires season get off to an early start this year and officials say rural residents can significantly reduce the risk of property damage with some simple measures. Start by walking around your home and examining everything within 1.5 metres […] Read more

Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Whether it’s close to home or across an ocean, fire hasn’t been far from the news this summer. This year has been average in terms of fire risk on the Prairies, says Mike Flannigan, professor of wildland fire and the director of the western partnership for wildland fire science at the University of Alberta. But[...]
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Losses from a barn or equipment shed fire can easily total hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Safeguard your farm buildings against fire

Emergency plans and regular inspections are key to preventing devastating losses, says expert

Reading Time: 4 minutes Although there are arguably fewer barn and shed fires on farms these days, the ones that do happen are often far more costly. Fortunately, there are also more tools available today to prevent fires. Fire prevention comes down to having a plan, choosing proper materials, and having regular inspections by a licensed electrician, said Dan[...]
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