Each year in Quebec, there are more than 200 farm building fires. Moreover, this number increases each year, as well as material losses associated with it. These numbers are effectively three times higher than for all other fires. Farm buildings are particularly vulnerable to fire because of their very combustible construction. Also, farmers store or use flammable materials. In addition, farms are usually located far from a fire station, have no water supply and, for the most part, are not equipped with a fire detection system.
About $ 27 million goes up in smoke every year for farm buildings. Fire losses are three times higher for the farm than for all fires in Quebec. These are huge losses when you consider that a good farm building can be worth $100,000 to $150,000! Unfortunately, between 1998 and 2002, fires resulted in three deaths and thirteen wounded. Firefighters are also in danger! In 1993, four firefighters died in Warwick when a propane tank exploded in a farm fire.
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