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Officials Urge Safety Precautions in Wake of Third Ontario Barn Fire

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! A third barn fire in Ontario, in less than two weeks, is prompting questions about the 20-year-old farm building code, which has not been updated since 1995.On the night of January 15th, a barn in Georgetown burned down killing two cows. This follows the January 5th Puslinch fire at Classy Lane Stables and the January 14th fire at a private farm in Mount Forest.At this time, the causes of each fire have not been determined.Perth East & West Fire Chief Bill Hunter noted that new structures are being constructed under more stringent rules than were previously in effect. He said farmers need to consider instituting safety measures such as installing fire alarms and sprinkler systems, which, at this time, are still not mandatory, however.Equine Guelph is urging barn owners to have their facilities inspected by a fire safety officer, at the very least. Contact your local fire station for more information. And read these safety tips from the Perth East Fire Department. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more