Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm - Preface

In recent years, fires in Ontario farm buildings have become an increasing concern resulting in losses of more than $30 million per year. Additional losses to the farm operation include equipment, livestock or poultry lost in the blaze, business interruption, loss of production and extreme stress on the farm family. Although there are fire risks to the home, this document focuses on farm buildings. The growth of larger-scale farming operations has increased the need to address this problem as the financial cost to replace these larger facilities has increased.

Operators need to perform a risk assessment of their farm buildings to consider the operational impact a fire could cause on their farm. As part of the risk assessment, direct specific attention toward the safety of family and employees, and the level of compliance with Codes requirements. All parties involved with designing, constructing and operating farm buildings must understand the importance of following best management practices to protect these large investments and the people working in the facilities.

In 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) struck a Technical Advisory Committee on Farm Fires (TACFF) to address the fire safety risks. The purpose of the committee was to reduce the potential for life and property loss by identifying the regulatory requirements and best management practices in the industry.

Members of the committee include:

  • Building officials
  • Canadian Farm Builders Association
  • Electrical Safety Authority
  • Farm building contractors and farm building design engineers
  • Insurance industry
  • Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal
  • Ontario Pork

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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 20 November 2012
Last Reviewed: 20 November 2012