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post #11 of 18 Old 08-19-2013, 04:55 AM
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I don't think so, especially. People take measures with water, fire extinguishers, halters at doors etc, but I think that's about the norm, and the extent.
A choice of exits might help, it would be something I would consider when choosing a barn (but I accept that is purely hypothetical as mine live out).
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-19-2013, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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What a brave girl!

Are fire escapes for horses considered in the planning of these big barns? Could they be improved? Only asking as I have never been to one or know the set up.
Actually yes they are because it is considered a commercial building, and thus they have to adhere to the building codes of their area, and most contractors today who are worth their salt will adhere to agreed upon national standards.

The issue with a barn is that there are a lot of things in it that are flammable, the feed is flammable, the dust is flammable, the building its self is flammable, and because of this a fire can spread quickly.

Personally I'd like to see the norm be barns with a water based fire suppression sprinkler system. I am sure everyone would much rather have a wet horse than a crispy one.
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Actually yes they are because it is considered a commercial building, and thus they have to adhere to the building codes of their area, and most contractors today who are worth their salt will adhere to agreed upon national standards.

The issue with a barn is that there are a lot of things in it that are flammable, the feed is flammable, the dust is flammable, the building its self is flammable, and because of this a fire can spread quickly.

Personally I'd like to see the norm be barns with a water based fire suppression sprinkler system. I am sure everyone would much rather have a wet horse than a crispy one.

But surely the codes would be for humans to escape in a sensible manner not terrified horses who need immediate release. I totally agree with the need for sprinklers or similar.
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But surely the codes would be for humans to escape in a sensible manner not terrified horses who need immediate release. I totally agree with the need for sprinklers or similar.
I have spent a lot of my life in the construction industry, and I know how buildings are built.

Rather than depending on a complicated horse release system that would be really expensive a sprinkler system is relatively inexpensive and much more effective than counting on a bunch of panicked horses to be able to make it out of a burning building.

In fact if you had a system that released them it could make it more dangerous for firefighters because when you are wearing bunkers, a bottle and mask, you aren't exactly going to look human to a horse and it could very well decide to attack you.

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I have spent a lot of my life in the construction industry, and I know how buildings are built.

Rather than depending on a complicated horse release system that would be really expensive a sprinkler system is relatively inexpensive and much more effective than counting on a bunch of panicked horses to be able to make it out of a burning building.

In fact if you had a system that released them it could make it more dangerous for firefighters because when you are wearing bunkers, a bottle and mask, you aren't exactly going to look human to a horse and it could very well decide to attack you.

I wasn't suggesting complicated release systems I just said they needed immediate release (from such danger and escapes were designed for humans not horses). I totally agreed with the sprinkler idea.
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Personally I'd like to see the norm be barns with a water based fire suppression sprinkler system.
Personally I'd like to see the norm be not keeping horses in stalls. They had their horses turned out in the arena – why not keep them in an area like that all the time?? An indoor paddock basically.
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-19-2013, 08:36 PM
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What a brave, brave girl..... I bet those owners are very grateful of what she did :).
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