Barns and other structures used for storing hay are especially at risk of fire, and the toll financially and in the loss of human and animal life can be devastating… To minimize the risk, Rutgers University’s Cooperative Extension offers the following tips: When preparing to bale hay, consider mowing it in the morning and allowing it to dry for at least one full day prior to baling. Store hay separately from areas where livestock and equipment are housed and away from electrical or heat sources. Make sure storage areas are weather tight and have proper drainage to prevent water from entering. Once hay is stored, continue to monitor its internal temperature by sticking in a thermometer. If the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees, disassemble hay bales so as to promote air circulation and cooling. If the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees or higher, call the fire department.
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