Wednesday, March 07, 2018

5 Construction Site Fire Safety Tips You Need to Know

Construction site fires are a common occurrence around the globe. Most prairie inhabitants are used to the increased amount of construction during spring, summer, and fall. These construction sites range from restoring old historical buildings or creating brand-new skyscrapers to help a city grow.

However, many are unaware of the safety risks involved around construction sites, including just how much fire safety precautions and equipment are necessary to keep these areas safe for all around it. If a fire occurs on a construction site, there are a variety of negative effects, including endangering workers and civilians in the area and the irreplaceable damage to the site and surrounding structures.

Luckily, there are a variety of fire safety precautions that site supervisors must follow, including the creation of a fire safety plan and emergency procedures during the construction planning process. These plans often include requirements such as:

  • The amount of safe exit routes.
  • How these exit routes will be kept accessible.
  • The use of emergency light where necessary
  • The location and proper marking of exit routes.
  • The location of suitable fire safety and detection equipment.

If you work on or around a construction site, keep these 5 fire safety tips in mind:

1.  Ensure Emergency Exit Plans Are Up to Date

The main principle of construction is to change facets of a building or area. Because of this, it’s only natural that the construction site itself will change during the building or renovation process. To ensure the safety of workers and occupants, it’s vital that emergency exits are always well marked and clear of obstructions, especially if these exits change during construction.

2. Install Adequate Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

On a construction site, there are a variety of flammable and gaseous materials throughout the entire process. Whether a project is large or small, it’s vital that the necessary smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and alarms are installed. Because construction materials may be extremely flammable, making sure that any sign of a fire or harmful gas is detected right away can help keep countless workers and civilians safe.

3. Make Sure The Right Fire Extinguishers Are In Place

Fire extinguishers are available in different classes, as they’re each meant to extinguish different types of fires. Because there are so many materials on construction sites, they may require a variety of fire extinguishers. The main types of fire extinguishers found on construction sites are:

  • Class A: These extinguishers are meant to target wood and paper-based fires.
  • Class B: These extinguishers carry a foam or dry powder that targets flammable liquid fires.
  • Class C: These extinguishers are for electrical fires and contain either dry water mist or dielectrically tested foams.

Although all construction sites will require fire extinguishers, it’s important to note that large sites may need sprinkler systems in place.

4. Include Emergency Lighting On Constricted or Large Sites

Emergency lighting systems help both first responders and construction site workers enter or exit during a fire-related emergency. As power is frequently turned off during emergency situations, battery-powered lighting systems will help keep dark spaces illuminated when there is no available light sources, or when smoke is affecting visibility.

5. Train Employees on Fire Safety Procedures

Any person who is on a construction site should be well-versed in emergency procedures, including what to do during a fire on the site. Hold fire safety equipment training on a regular basis and complete evacuation drills for each new site.

If you’re construction company is gearing up for a busy season, prepare your fire safety plans and equipment now. At Bison Fire Protection, we’re available to help crews in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, or Saskatoon keep their employees and sites safe. Call 866-441-3473 today for more information, or find us online.

Posted by Rob Read at 2:25 PM


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