The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has issued a wildfire warning for farmers over predictions of a lasting heatwave in the UK.
Farmers can reduce the risk to farm buildings, the NFY said, by storing petrol, diesel and fertiliser securely, controlling refuse and disposing of it safely and making buildings, outhouses and land as secure as possible.
At harvest, to reduce the risk of fire:
- Ensure you have fit for purpose and checked fire extinguishers with every vehicle during harvest.
- Cultivate firebreaks around fields after harvest.
- Make sure machinery is chaff free, serviced and in good condition.
- Have a tractor and associated requirement ready to cut a fire break if necessary.
- Keep a full water bowser or tank nearby when harvesting.
- Regularly check and maintain open water supplies for fire fighting.
- Remind employees to be careful with cigarettes and matches while harvesting
NFU posted on social media: “Every year fire is responsible for the destruction of thousands of acres of countryside, open spaces and wildlife habitat. Make sure cigarettes and barbecues are put out properly.”