Fire Prevention week is well underway and we don't want to forget our hard-working farmers.

Rural fire departments around the area often deal with crop fire emergencies and Delia Fire Chief Dallas Stevens has some tips to help prevent them.

"Keep your machines clean, stop every now and again and sweep all the chaff and dust off, always carry fire extinguishers. When it is dry, guys will often take extra water tanks to the fields; it is always a good idea to have some extra water there just in case you have something that catches on fire," he explained. "Just keep an eye on your equipment mainly. Make sure bearings don't get too hot and belts don't get too burnt."

While Stevens went on to say that this is all common sense, he notes accidents do happen in the rush of harvest.

"Usually hot bearings," he said about the number one cause of crop fires in his area. "Bearings that go and get hot when there is chaff around them."

Stevens says Delia and area did not experience a lot of crop fires but he chalks that up to the abnormal summer weather this year.

"The danger never goes away, anything is possible., but the likelihood has gotten pretty small with the weather being the way it has been. We are getting later into the season, it's not going to be as dry. The chances are a lot less, but the chance never really goes away.

Fire Prevention Week lasts until October 13. The theme this year is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere."

More information on Fire Week can be found on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

Delia Fire DeptDelia Fire Department members. Photo submitted.

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