Re­duce the risk of fire

Countryman - - MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY -

Kon­dinin Group agri­cul­tural en­gi­neer Ben White rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing to re­duce the risk of har­vester fire:

Mon­i­tor am­bi­ent con­di­tions and the fire danger in­dex;

Fol­low shire har­vest bans and stop har­vest if lo­cal con­di­tions ap­proach a Grass­land Fire Danger In­dex of 35;

Con­sider heat shield or ex­haust mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing ex­haust paints or coat­ings such as ce­ram­ics and alu­mina sil­ica (to min­imise dust ad­he­sion and re­duce hot com­po­nent sur­face tem­per­a­tures), ex­haust ban­dages and blan­kets (to in­su­late ex­haust com­po­nents) and dou­ble skins on the ex­haust sys­tem (these are in­su­la­tive);

En­sure an elec­tri­cal iso­la­tor sys­tem is used;

En­sure the fuel sys­tem is well main­tained;

Con­sider in­stalling an in­te­grated fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem;

Main­tain and keep air­flow sys­tems clear;

Check con­cave doors are well sealed to min­imise dust leak­age, which may, in turn, con­tact hot sur­faces and cre­ate in­cen­di­aries;

En­sure har­vest team has a plan and knows in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the event of a fire; and

If a har­vester catches fire, pull out of the crop, face the ma­chine into the wind and call 000. MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION Go to https://grdc.com.au/GRDC-BPGRe­duc­ingHar­vesterFireRisk

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