7 steps to prevent combine fires
A combine fire during harvest could be devastating. Not only do you risk losing your crop, but a fire could also result in costly damages to the combine and other property, and limit your time to complete the harvest.
Follow these steps for a safe harvest:
- Do a complete maintenance check of the combine. This includes:
- Cleaning the combine to remove any oil, grease, or residue buildup.
- Checking the guards, brakes, and safety devices.
- Reviewing all working parts for any damage or leaks.
- Reading the manufacturer’s instructions.
While operating the combine
- Use a leaf blower or broom to get rid of chaff, dust, and crop residue on your machinery every 4-6 hours.
- Carry a fire extinguisher in the cab, plus another that can be reached from the ground. Check these extinguishers periodically to make sure they are working properly.
- Shut off the engine and let it cool for 15 minutes before refueling.
- Inspect the exhaust system for any leaks or damage, and look for any exposed or deteriorated wiring.
- Check the following parts of the combine:
- Bearings – look for excessive heat or wear
- Belts – make sure they have the proper tension to reduce friction and wear
- Fittings – make sure they are greased
- Fuel, oil, and hydraulic lines
- Lubricant levels
- Clean off the combine at the end of harvest each day.
Following these tips will help keep you safe this harvest season.