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Stored Ag Chemical Fire Safety


  • Smoke and vapor produced by some burning pesticides or other agricultural chemicals are highly toxic.
  • Burning chemical fumes and smoke may damage or kill plant as well as livestock and human being.


  • Regard any chemical storage area fire as a danger toxic-producing fire.
  • Never try to extinguish a stored-chemicals fire without adequate respiratory protection—i.e., a supplied-air device or gas mask equipped with canisters approved for the vapors being emitted OR a self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Keep all persons clear of and upwind of the stored-chemicals fire area.
  • Be sure that any inhabited buildings downwind of a stored-chemicals fire are evacuated.
Last updated: 18-May-2006 11:08 AM