As more and more states are dealing with the onset of wildfires, the need for preventative measures has never been higher. Statistics indicate that fires from 2019 destroyed over 6 million acres, a vast majority of which occurred in California. The problem with this for hemp farming owners is that they don’t get the same kind of insurance protections that regular agriculture businesses get.
As such, it’s up to them to ensure that they practice their due diligence when it comes to saving their farms from the possibility of getting burned down. We at Discount Pharms understand how devastating a fire could be, so we’ve added this guide to help you protect your farm.
Take Preventative Steps
There are numerous things farmers can do to prevent a fire. Ideally, farmers should never leave trash hanging around and avoid placing any trash bins within close proximity to their farm. Instead, farmers should ensure that the site remains clean and remove garbage bags as soon as they dispose of any debris or trash lying around.
Check for Fire Hazards
Most experts agree that a simple yet effective deterrent is to check for any item that could present a fire risk. Farmers should identify items that appear as if they may burn quickly if they caught fire.
Install A Smoke Alarm
Regardless if you grow your hemp indoors or outdoors, you should place a fire alarm within proximity of your hemp farming harvest. If you grow them outside, you should place the fire alarm on the nearest building to the grow site. In addition to that, ensure that you test the alarm regularly and change the batteries at least 2 times per year.
Do Not Use Heat Based Thermosets
Never use a heat-based thermostat to regulate the temperature for indoor grow rooms. While it may seem like a good idea at first glance, if a fire does occur, the system will activate and cause the fans to pump out more air, but by doing this, it will actually draw fire through its ventilation system, essentially giving it more oxygen.
Ideally, you should keep at least 3 fire extinguishers within close proximity of the growth site. In addition to ensuring that they are full, you should check the “use by” date to get an accurate description of when you’ll need to replace them. It would be beneficial for you to place a lighting system near the fire extinguishers. Because if a fire does occur, it may lead to a loss of light, which will make it difficult to locate the extinguishers when you need them.
Fire Resistant Door
If you grow hemp indoors, the chances are that you have multiple rooms with multiple sections to help with your hemp farming. Experts proclaim that you should use a fire-resistant door for each section. That way, if a fire manifests itself in one room, it will minimize the chance that it will spread to another.
Hemp farming fires are nothing to take lightly. It can cost you thousands of dollars or ultimately lead to the shutdown of your business. But by taking a few preventative steps, you can reduce the possibility of this happening.