Sheep (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB5162)

Housing: Fire and Other Emergency Precautions


  1. Farmers should make advance plans for dealing with emergencies such as fire, flood or disruption of supplies and should ensure that all staff are familiar with the appropriate emergency action.
  2. Design advice is important when constructing or modifying a building. There should be provision for livestock to be released and evacuated quickly in the event of an emergency: Consideration should be given to installing fire alarm systems which can be heard and acted upon at any time of the day or night.
  3. If sheep are housed, knowledge of fire precautions by the farmer and all staff should be a priority.
  4. Expert advice on all fire precautions can be obtained from fire prevention officers of local fire brigades and from the Fire Prevention Association.
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