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Iowa Agricultural Health Center Focused on Winter Farm Safety

The University of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) is conducting a seasonal informational campaign focused on preventing winter farm fires.

[Photo: Dr. Brandi Janssen]

Dr. Brandi Janssen, I-CASH director and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health says the risk of fire increases in both rural homes and outbuildings during the winter months. In urban areas, most fires are a result of cooking. In rural communities, heating is a larger source of risk in houses and other buildings.

“The good news is that most of the fires are preventable,” Dr. Janssen says, “and there are number of steps people can take to reduce the risk of farm fires over the winter.”

Read about the seasonal safety campaign and how to reduce the risk of winter farm fires here: