Protecting Pole Barns from Fire Hazards
A pole barn can be the ideal solution to provide the additional storage or work space you need. However, pole barns do come with risks. Their wooden post construction style, and the types of materials that are typically stored inside them, make pole barns susceptible to fires. Here are some tips on how to protect your investment.
If you install electrical wiring inside your pole barn, have the work done by a qualified electrician. Make sure that all of the wiring is installed according to requirements set by national, state, or local electrical codes. Wiring connections should be located in junction boxes. Do not use extension cords instead of permanent wiring, as this could cause a fire hazard.
Many people store flammable materials, such as hay and straw, in their pole barns. These materials can burn quickly if they come into contact with flames. Enforce a strict no-smoking policy in and around your pole barn. Keep any flammable materials away from wires, outlets, and light fixtures.
Burning near pole barns is another frequent source of building damage. If you burn brush, leaves, dried grass, or anything else on your property, keep it far away from your pole barn. A breeze could easily blow embers onto your pole barn and cause the structure to go up in flames.
Most pole barns fires can be prevented by following these tips. However, it is wise to invest in a fire extinguisher in case something goes wrong and your pole barn or something inside it catches fire. Have a fire extinguisher inside your pole barn at all times, check it according to the recommended schedule to be sure that it is in good working order, and be sure that you know how to use it.
When you are ready contact CHA Pole Barns to talk about your pole barn project.