Keeping your Farm Shed Safe and Secure

Posted by Jaymie Arthur on 12 November 2013

A steel farm shed is a massive investment, and just with any other property that you may own, you want to make sure that it is properly safeguarded. The team at Sheds n Homes Mid North Coast thought that we would cover just a few of the things you should consider when purchasing and constructing a steel rural building.

Building Codes for your Region
Each region in Australia is different, particular in the northern states of Queensland and in Western Australia where cyclones are common. Other regions will also have different wind ratings, and therefore buildings will need to be engineered and constructed according to the building codes for that particular region. Whilst your steel building provider should be able to provide you with the most expert advice, it is also important that you contact your local council to make sure you are getting the appropriate standard of farm shed for your site.

Prevent Fire
A steel farm shed is just as much at risk to fire than your home or other structures on your property. Many fires can be prevented, if the appropriate measures are taken in the first instance; such as clearing leaves and growth from around your steel building and consistently clearly leaves from the rooftops. Furthermore, ensure flammable materials and chemicals are removed from the building in high danger periods, and ensure they are correctly stored during other times of the year. Farmers can further protect their buildings by filling in gaps, so that ember cannot get through and start burning inside the building.

Don’t Cut Corners
Everyone wants to save a buck, but let me ask you – how much is your life worth or that of a loved one? Just like any other structure, a steel rural building can be quite lethal in certain circumstances. Invest the money to ensure your building has been constructed properly and to the correct building codes. Ensure all the correct measures have been taken, and don’t cut corners just to save a buck. Put your safety and those around you first, and make sure you have taken the appropriate measures to do so.

Keep Dangerous Equipment Locked Up.
The best thing about a farm shed is that it is a great place to store your expensive equipment and machinery. If any of these pose a dangerous threat, consider investing in a lockable shed. This way you can keep this potential dangerous equipment out of harms way.

At the end of the day, and farm shed is there for your protection, but it is entirely up to you to ensure the correct safety measures have been put in place to protect those around you from potential danger. A good farm shed is a safe one … do your part and construct a secure and reliable farm shed today.

For more information about Sheds n Homes on the Mid North Coast’s rural buildings, please call Brenden or Jaymie today on 1800 764 764.