Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Barn Fires

Yes, another barn fire is hitting the news. This time 24 horses were lost, breed unknown. The barn is a total loss. A barn fire is a horrible thing as there is always so much equipment, feed, etc along with the animals contained in it and the structure it's self. The only thing worse is a house fire!

Do you make sure that electric use in your barn is kept up? Do you make a Fall and Mid-Winter check for cob webs, bits of hay or bedding in those bad spots, grain bags, cords where livestock or vermin can reach them? What about your stock tank heaters and the like? Do you use any portable heaters in your barn?

Last Spring when it was starting to turn nice the darn woodchucks chewed my line to the barn so I'm without electricity out there now until I can afford to replace the line. I would love to have tried to repair it but with exposed wires it wasn't worth the risk. It sure is inconvenient though!

As we all know, prevention is the best thing and sometimes we are so involved in the day-to-day that we don't listen to our gut feelings and we put off needed maintenance or repairs.

Let's all take just a moment today to make sure our electrical use is checked out. If we need to make a change, let's not put it off until better weather when we have this reminder and moment to make sure we're not the next news report.

My prayers are with those who have lost a barn or home to fire this winter and may it not be in vain.

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