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Safety tips to prevent harvest fires

Posted by Don Tyler on Oct 6, 2016

Fires during harvest season are very common and can be caused by a variety of factors.  Though all fires are devastating, fires in the fall have the additional potential of ruining an expensive harvester, burning off a crop that is at full maturity and costly delays to get back to the field.  Some of the most common causes of fires during the harvest season include: 

  • Oil and grease mixed with flammable crop residue that has built up around hot engine parts.
  • Sparks from exhaust of harvesters, trucks and ATV’s in the field.
  • Dry, worn bearings and equipment malfunctions that overheat or cause sparks.
  • Hitting rocks or other objects in the field that causes a spark.
  • Doing maintenance such as welding, cutting or drilling in a field with dry residue.

 

 

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Topics: Fire Safety, Harvest Safety, Harvest Fires

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