You know what I always say … Safety First! Okay, I don’t always say that, but I think it’s a great motto to live by; in fact, maybe I SHOULD be saying it more. It’s important that everyone is safe in the barn; because, I’m going to quote my momma now, “it’s all fun and games until someone losses an eye!”
So, in honor of my momma, I’m going to give you a few of my favorite barn safety tips:
– Make sure that you store your hay in a well-ventilated area, ideally storing it in a separate building away from the barn. Unless you want to store it all in my stall, that works too, I’ll keep it niiiiiice and safe for you.
– No smoking please! Not only does it smell all kinds of stinky, it is a huge fire threat and diminishes the air quality.
– Keep the grain sealed in a rodent and horse proof container. Because, listen, I don’t like to share my grain with anybody! Also, rodents can carry some nasty diseases that I’m not too interested in being a part of.
– Make sure you have a landline phone in the barn. Just in case you know… cell phones aren’t perfect. Batteries die, signals drop, sometimes they go missing… and my person tells me her phone doesn’t work well when it ends up under my hooves. A landline ensures you can make emergency calls if you need to.
– Keep an up-to-date first aid kit in the tack room, for horses and our two-legged counterparts. You never know when you might need it!
– Pay attention to the stink. Do your stalls smell? The ammonia in horse stalls and barns is more than an odor nuisance. Studies show that low levels of ammonia stress a horse’s upper respiratory airways placing us at risk of pneumonia, heaves, and other serious illnesses.
– Have fire extinguishers everywhere… you can never be too prepared. Make sure they are of the correct type and that you know how to use them.
– Consider having the fire department out for a visit to check things out and make an evaluation. You should have seen what my person chose to wear to the barn THAT day… breeches that tight should be banned…
– Cover the electrical systems and wires with metal tubing. Not only does it look a little tidier it keeps rodents, birds, and the not-so-intelligent horse from nibbling on the wires.
What are your tips? After all, sharing is caring and your tips are valuable! Leave them in the comments, I’ll read them. Maybe.