Archive for the ‘heating’ Category

The most recent issue of Centered on Swine Newsletter from Prairie Swine Centre included a Heating and Ventilation System Monitoring and Maintenance Checklist. This is an excellent list to help you walk through key ares of your facilities in order to get them ready for upcoming winter. Preparing your barn properly for winter can result in significant cost savings in heating and electrical costs.

You can access the checklist online via the Prairie Swine Centre website (https://www.prairieswine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/PSC_Heating-and-Ventilation-Checklist.pdf), or by clicking the file below.



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barn-fire-6Did you know?

Faulty electrical systems cause approximately 40 per cent of barn fires with a determined cause, making it one of the leading known causes of barn fires.

What can you do?

Regular inspections and maintenance are key to reducing the risk of a barn fire. We recommend that you work with a professional to inspect and monitor your farm buildings.

  • Have your buildings inspected and maintained regularly by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Develop a preventative maintenance and housekeeping schedule.
  • Work with a professional to monitor the heat conditions of your barn using infrared technologies.
  • Work with your local fire department and insurance company to identify problem areas on your farm, and fix any problem areas identified.
  • Have a plan ready to deal with any emergency.
  • Train your family and employees on what to do if there is a barn fire. Learn how to handle and what to do with livestock, make a list of who to call during and after a fire, and establish a safe meeting point.

Visit ontario.ca/preventfarmfires to find helpful resources, including:

Barn fires can create unique challenges for farmers, including the disposal of large volumes of deadstock. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has a regulation that gives you options for deadstock management. These options help to protect water quality, reduce environmental impacts and minimize biosecurity hazards, such as scavenging.

Collection of deadstock by a licensed collector is recognized as the most effective and sustainable disposal method. In emergency situations, you can apply to OMAFRA for an Emergency Authorization for the storage, disposal or transportation of deadstock. These authorizations can be used when emergency conditions exist that make it difficult for you to dispose of deadstock according to the regulation.

For more information and to suggest a different fire prevention device, technology or program that could be listed on our website, contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC) at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

Visit ontario.ca/farmsafety for other resources and tips for keeping your farm safe. At ontario.ca/deadstock, you can find information on contingency deadstock planning and the regulation.


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Take time to check how safe your barn is.  The National Fire Protection Association has information related to fire, electrical and related hazards. National Fire Prevention Association


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The most recent amendment to the Gaseous Fuels Code Adoption Document (FS-212-14, dated August 1, 2014, effective October 1, 2014) includes specific requirements for natural gas or propane heating appliances installed in livestock and poultry barns that vent into the barn space.

A shortage of licenced holders who can design barn ventilation systems has made it difficult for owners of existing unvented heaters in livestock and poultry facilities to meet the January 1, 2016 deadline for compliance with clause 7.36.3. TSSA has therefore temporarily suspended enforcement of the January 1, 2016 deadline in clause 7.36.3 for existing heaters installed prior to October 1, 2014. TSSA will not enforce non-compliances with this particular code provision until the effective date of the next Gaseous Fuels Code Adoption Document. Fuel distributors and suppliers may continue to deliver fuel to such appliances.

Read the full advisory Extension of Compliance Date for Ventilation Calculations for Unvented Heaters in Livestock Facilities.

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As of January 1, 2016 all unvented heaters used in livestock barns must be inspected. Visit the OMAFRA livestock tent at the Outdoor Farm Show on Eight Lane North Middle Machinery Mall to learn more.  unvented gas heater

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