If you’ve ever had to replace your valuable cotton picker parts because of fire damage, then you know how much of a hassle—and how much of an expense—it can be. If you haven’t experienced it yet, take our word for it: it’s better to learn about by reading rather than by experiencing.
As a business that fabricates and sells cotton picker parts, we’ve seen firsthand the damage a fire can wreak on cotton pickers and other cotton equipment. We know most folks would do anything to avoid this disaster, which is why we put together this small guide to avoiding fire on your cotton farm. Read on to learn some helpful information.
The danger of fire
As most cotton farmers know, the conditions of a cotton farm make for a particularly hospitable environment for fire to spark and grow in. These conditions include dry and windy climates, an abundance of scrap metal or brick and large amounts of lint and trash.
The risk of fire grows even greater when those working on a cotton farm grow neglectful. For example, poorly maintained equipment, picker row unit malfunctions and careless cotton picker operators can all contribute to the risk of a fire.
Fire prevention tips
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help prevent and contain fires on your cotton farm. Here are some of the most effective prevention tactics.
- Be aware of weather: Unfortunately, those picturesque and ideal days to be outside picking cotton are also the ones that encourage cotton farm fires. When you notice a clear blue sky, a dry heat and a soft wind, be extra cautious when operating equipment. You should also check the fire hazard level in your area each morning.
- Be prepared with water: This is a no-brainer, but many cotton farmers tend to slack off when it comes to having a full water trailer and pump on hand at all times. Doing this everyday might be a hassle, but there will likely come a day when it will all be worth it.
- Have equipment routinely serviced: Old, rusty and worn cotton picking equipment can all contribute to the start and growth of a cotton farm fire. Hiring a service for regular maintenance is one of the best ways not only to prevent a fire, but also to ensure you’re getting the most out of your equipment.
- Remove trash: Large amounts of trash and lint can build up quickly on a cotton farm. They also serve as the perfect fuel for a growing cotton farm fire. Dispose of your lint and trash piles early and often to prevent and contain fire on your cotton farm.
Find parts easily
If you notice some of your cotton picker parts are worn beyond repair, having them replaced quickly is best for fire safety. For affordable prices and quality service, visit or call Certi-Pik, USA any time. We look forward to helping you find the best parts for your cotton farm equipment.