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Agricultural Emergencies: Grain Bin/Silo Safety

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Codes & Standards

The FSI Library has full access to all NFPA standards through To access any of the standards listed below, please contact FSI library staff at any time by emailing, or by calling 217-333-8925 between the hours of 8-5, Monday through Friday.

NFPA 61: Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities, 2013 Edition

NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2014

NFPA 654: Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids, 2013 Edition

About this Page

Use the resources on this page to find specific information about grain bin and silo safety and rescue.

Several books featured on the Ag Rescue Introduction page also include information on these topics.

IFSI Library Resources

Click on a link below to view the item in the catalog. If an item is not linked, please contact the library to request access.

SILO THE FILM DVD is available to borrow from the IFSI Library.

“[SILO] combines farm safety education with entertainment for a gripping and thought-provoking treatment of this significant safety issue.”
— Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles


Flowing Grain Entrapment

A black and white diagram showing someone becoming trapped in flowing grain in a silo.

Flowing grain entrapment is a concern when working with grain bins and silos on a farm, specifically when entry is required.

The National Ag Safety Database (NASD) provides multiple step-by-step scenarios for grain bin rescue, with materials tailored to both instructors and first responders.


Image and information source: NASD online

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