#1 What Causes Hay Fires?
#2 How Can I Avoid Hay Fires?
Here are some safety precautions you can take to prevent your hay from overheating and causing fires:
- Don’t store hay with high moisture content (20% or greater for small rectangular bales and 16% for large rectangular or round bales). If you think you have, check the temperature of the stack regularly.
- Monitor the temperature of haystacks in the field or barn. Be sure to check the temperature in the morning and afternoon. If it is getting too warm, move the hay to allow increased air circulation and cooling.
- Avoid exposure to moisture from rain or leaks. There are a few ways this can be achieved:
Hay Stored Outdoors
- Uncovered bales or stacks should be formed into the tightest bundles possible to prevent rain from infiltrating.
- Make sure the bales or stacks have space between them for air circulation.
- Place the hay on a bed of gravel, pallets, or another barrier from damp ground.
- Use plastic or waterproof covers to protect bales of hay from water.
Hay Stored Indoors
- Make sure the barn roof and plumbing are leak-free.
- Ensure the barn has proper drainage in place, so water doesn’t infiltrate during storms.
- Provide enough ventilation and space between the stacks.
#3 How Do I Measure Hay Temperatures?
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