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17 horses killed in barn fire: Follow these fire prevention tips

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“A horse standing in a bed of straw might just as well be standing in a pool of gasoline should a fire occur. The burning rate of loose straw is approximately three times that of the burning rate of gasoline. The horse in a stall where fire originates has only 30 seconds to escape.”

This quote from the Colorado 4-H Horse Project Manual is part of fire prevention tips that include sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, buying properly-cured hay, storing hay and other flammables away from the horse barn, and a no-smoking, no-matches barn policy.

Our hearts go out to the animals and humans affected in the Langley, B.C. barn fire. Click here for the full story and video.

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