Contributed By: Jennifer Riley
As a future barn owner, there are specifics that have to be considered in order to make the best decision for you and your horse's future, and one of those is safety. We need to ask ourselves a few questions like, “What are the options available to me that provide the longevity and structural integrity I am looking for?”
Of course, there are long lists of safety precautions we can take when building any facility. This list may include some of the following.
- Enforcing a strict non-smoking rule for the entire property, especially where hay is stored.
- Performing routine and thorough electrical inspections once a year for water heaters, pipe-heating tape, insect control devices, any portable heating units, and other electrical appliances.
- Enclosing all electrical wiring in metal or PVC conduit.
- Disconnecting electronics when they are not in use will significantly decrease the chances for potential hazards.
- Placing round bales of hay on their sides to enable the moisture to evaporate from the hay is also a precaution that can be taken. According to the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), damp or incompletely cured (dried) hay can be a serious hazard and has been believed to be the source of barn fires according to investigators. Heat is generated by the bacterial reaction during the curing process, which begins while the hay is on the ground before baling. The moisture in the center of the bale might smolder without your realizing it until it reaches the end of the stack and spontaneous combustion happens.
As you can see, there are many safety precautions that need to be considered when deciding the details of where you will house your horses or livestock, where you store hay, and how you manage your property. Unlike wooden barns, steel buildings can withstand elements when most will give in to heavy snow and ice, flames, high winds, shifting ground, and flooding.
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