Don't get caught out with a tractor fire! Spring is a busy time of year on the farm and not only for the farmers. Spring is when the birds are most active, nesting in any cavity they can find and are experts at finding a nice warm engine which is the perfect environment to build a nest.
These nests result in fires in tractors and farm machinery over Spring which can mean losing a key farm vehicle over a very busy time. Farmers need to be vigilant about checking for nests, especially at this time of year.
Below are a few key tips:
* Always check thoroughly for nests especially under the hood. A quick moment to stop and check could actually save you a lot of time (and stress) in the long run.
* Birds will nest in any accessible place and like the heat of engines and exhausts. They are also known to nest in switchboards, heaters and light fittings; all of which pose a fire risk.
* Don't be fooled by a quick lunch break. Many birds will work as a team to build and share nesting sites. They can have a tidy nest together while you're inside grabbing a quick bite to eat or cuppa.
* Keep tractors, harvesters and agricultural equipment clean. Clear out grass and grime build up periodically using an air compressor.
* Have a fire extinguisher in the cab just in case.