Statistics from NFU mutual have revealed the monetary cost of farm fires came to a total of £47.9 million in 2015.
Farm fire claims in 2015 came to an alarming total of £47.9 million, according to NFU Mutual, a rise of 14 per cent.
The rural insurer has called a timely reminder to farmers to check their fire prevention and evacuation procedures in order to curb statistics going forward.
According to the new statistics, the most common cause of farm fires was electrical faults, which were responsible for about half of the 2015 fire claims.
Arson and mechanical faults were the next most common causes.
"Fire remains one of the greatest hazards to the lives of farmers and with claims peaking in August and September, it’s important to be alert to the risks and have plans prepared and shared with family members and staff,” said Tim Price, NFU Mutual rural affairs specialist.
“The scale of these claims shows how important it is to take all possible steps to prevent fires breaking out, and to have clear plans to evacuate people and livestock safely in the event of a fire.
"Also, it’s vital to make sure you have the right sort of fire extinguishers maintained in good order so you can fight small fires safely.”
This comes as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service revealed agricultural fires in Scotland are at a five year high, with 343 fires reported in 2015/16.
The statistics reveal that South of England and East Anglia were the worst affected regions in 2015 followed by North East England with North West England in third place.