Fires can occur anywhere and at any time. These emergencies can occur in your commercial building or on your outdoor property. They can even occur at construction sites. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 3,840 fires occurred on construction sites each year. Fires at construction sites present unique and dangerous problems when this type of emergency occurs. This type of fire situation is unique, so you need to know fire prevention tips for the construction site.
Why fire prevention on construction sites is special
- Wood-frame structures are susceptible to fires
- Fires on construction sites can spread quickly because of the incomplete construction of the building
- Sprinkler systems have not yet been installed to extinguish the fires
- Voids in incompletely constructed buildings can cause wind tunnels that intensify flames
With all of these unique problems, it’s easy to see the need to be aware of the danger of fires on construction sites and how to prevent fires on your site.
There are certain fire hazards you should be aware of related to construction sites. Here are some of the most important fire hazards for construction sites:
- Hot work operations increase the risk of construction site fires
- Temporary heaters designed to keep the area warm can lead to fires
- Smoking on the construction site can be a fire hazard
- Flammable and combustible materials may be used on the job site, which can lead to fires
- Temporary electrical and lighting systems can be a fire hazard
- Arson can occur on unprotected and unguarded construction sites
- The lack of sprinkler systems can make fires difficult to extinguish at such sites
How to prevent fires on construction sites
Now that you know what potential fire hazards can occur on construction sites, it’s important to know how to prevent fires on those sites. Some ways to do this are listed below:
- Establish a set cool-down time for all hot work equipment
- Keep temporary heating equipment away from combustible materials in designated areas
- On the job site, make sure smoking is not allowed
- Shop flammable and combustible materials safely when not in use
- Use electrical and lighting equipment safely and properly
- Make sure the property is as safe as possible when the construction site is inactive
You can prevent fires on and around construction sites by taking these fire safety measures.