Barn Fire Resources

Strategies to reduce the risk of barn fires:

  • Having a plan ready to deal with any emergency.
  • Having buildings inspected and maintained regularly by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Monitoring the electrical components in the barn (e.g. using infrared and robotic technologies).
  • Working with local fire departments and insurance companies to identify problem areas on the farm, including blocked laneway access to buildings and electrical hotspots, and to fix any issues found.
  • Developing a preventative maintenance and housekeeping schedule.
  • Training family and employees on what to do if there is a barn fire: plan what to do with livestock, who to call and establish a safe meeting point.

Barn Fire Resources

There are many resources that can help farmers inspect and monitor their operations to reduce the risk of a fire. Visit to find helpful resources, including:

Visit our partners’ web pages for barn fire prevention information and resources:

Barn fires can create unique challenges for farmers, including the disposal of large volumes of deadstock. We encourage you to inform your members and clients about their responsibilities around deadstock disposal.

The Disposal of Dead Farm Animals Regulation under the Nutrient Management Act was developed by OMAFRA to manage on-farm livestock deaths. The regulation provides deadstock management options for farmers to minimize environmental impacts and biosecurity hazards. While burial was historically the chosen option for barn debris and deadstock, the increase in the number of animals per facility and changes in the building materials increase the risks of doing so. Collection of deadstock by a licensed collector is recognized as the most effective and sustainable disposal method.

Visit for other resources and tips for keeping farms safe. At, you can find information on contingency deadstock planning and the regulation.

Together, we can reduce the risk of barn fires.