North Carolina Farm Bureau is shining the light on fire prevention safety

More than $20 million in property losses each year due to combine and tractor fires

Hundreds of farm equipment fires are reported each year, which is why North Carolina Farm Bureau says equipment fire prevention safety is key.

The National Ag Safety Database advises that farmers begin every season with a clean machine. Equipment like combines can be prone to collecting dust, especially during harvest season. Anywhere dust can collect and heat can increase there is a fire hazard. It is recommended to clean your equipment at least once a day and sometimes twice, depending on build-up.

Staying aware and focused is critical in preventing equipment fire. Approximately 75 percent of all machinery fires start in the engine and compartment areas.

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