Monday, January 8, 2018

Horse Sense Fire Protection

In 2017 we saw more headlines related to horse fire deaths than ever before, here are a few:

What can we do to prevent future barn fire incidents and protect these animals?

NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities, classifies horse barns as a Class 1 facility, “an area of a building housing animals with no general public access”. Horses are categorized as a Category B animal, which includes “all agricultural animals”, with special requirements.

To fully protect the barn property and animal life, the following fire protection code requirements must be in place.

  • Fire Alarm System
    • Under 3,000 sq. ft. - alarm not required
    • 3,000 - 20,000 sq. ft. - local alarm only required
    • 20,000+ sq. ft. - monitored alarm required
  • Fire Extinguisher
    • Minimum 2A:10BC located within 50 ft. travel distance
  • Lightning Protection
    • Required to be installed in accordance with NFPA 780.
  • Fire Sprinkler System
    • Sprinklers required throughout
    • NFPA 13 system
  • Smoke Control System
    • Required, may be modified by AHJ
    • NFPA 92
  • Operating Features
    • Disaster/emergency management plan required
    • Drills (on the disaster/emergency plan) to be conducted annually
    • Training on use of fire extinguishers

For more information on barn fire prevention and safety visit these sites: