NFPA has many safety tip sheets available to help with your public education efforts! Take a look at this Barn Safety Checklist.
As a result of a 5-year review of annual fire statistics, the Perth East Fire Department has had a Farm Fire Safety program since 2015. Due to a lack (at the time) of barn fire resources, part of our program is a library of resources for other fire departments to use. There is no cost for FDs to get their own, editable version of our resources. Check out the Perth East Farm Fire Safety Resources page.
Our YouTube Channel features four farm fire safety videos (one full-length and three PSAs) plus a number of other topics. We complement our resources with the NFPA's barn safety checklist and our custom fire safety plan component.
The program has decreased the number of farm-related fires in our fire area and strengthened our relationship with the farming community. Our sponsors have been incredibly pleased and are even eager to be involved in whatever our next project/program is. Likewise, the media have been willing partners with us on the program implementation and often use clips from our videos.
Thank you for sharing this Tanya! It sounds like your department has seen positive results from your education program. For others that might be interested - any tips on how to get support and buy in for the type of program?
Absolutely... some tips (this is for a farm/ag fire program... but the lessons could apply to other topics):
As with any educational program, start with "why". In this case, we were very adamant that we (the FD) cared about the lives, livelihood and well-being of all those involved with farming - including the animals. We used headlines in other parts of the province to emphasize that fires can and do happen... that there's "more at stake than the barn". And then we gave them some reasons why fire safety can be worked into their busy schedules for little to no cost.
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