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Construction sites are extremely high-risk areas for various types of fire; that’s because you’re more than likely to find all three elements of the fire triangle present at most times – heat, fuel and an oxidising agent. When a fire breaks out in this setting, the results can be catastrophic therefore it’s vital that site workers are aware of the location of extinguishers to aid their escape, as well as know their fire assembly point and escape route.

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Fire safety in construction: An ever-evolving risk

Visiting a site at various phases of construction reveals how much the layout can change over the course of a project. This poses a unique problem for fire safety; what was a perfectly safe evacuation route one day could potentially be inaccessible the next. An area...

POSTED 16.04.2021 | BY Amy Moseley

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A. Fire extinguishers play a vital role in any fire protection plan in any environment. They are a first aid response to fire and can help prevent catastrophic damage to property and even loss of life. Read more about the importance of fire extinguishers here.
A. While placement of the right fire extinguisher is vital, it’s just as important that every measure is taken to protect the equipment from potential corrosion and potential vandalism that is sometimes found on site. The requirement of safely storing fire extinguishers is also stipulated in the British Standards. Fire extinguisher trolleys are particularly useful on a construction site given the need for a mobile fire point. They provide an easily accessible means of storage, can be conveniently moved around as the project progresses while keeping your fire extinguishers secure and protected. Find out more about keeping your fire safety equipment protected here.
A. The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations define duties and actions and ensure all potential health & safety issues are considered to reduce the risk of harm to all working on the site. Fire safety should be considered and managed from the earliest design stages of a project. It’s the responsibility of the principle contractor to put thorough risk assessments in place according to legislation with the Regulatory Reform Order 2005 in England and Wales, Fire Safety (Scotland) Act in Scotland and the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland). Meanwhile the DSEAR requires employers to control the risks to safety from fire and explosions. Find out more here.
A. As fuel sources are everywhere on a construction site, it’s important to take steps to eliminate any risk early and then continually throughout the project. Disposing of packaging and waste materials regularly, identifying sources of heat early and fuel management are just some of the fuel sources that should be reviewed. Find out more about construction site fire hazards here.
A. Due to the fast-changing nature of a construction site, fire escape routes and exits may change and so too should the signage. Fire safety signage should always give up-to-date clear guidance on actions to take in the event of a fire and should never be misleading or contradictory. Find out more about fire safety signage on building sites here.

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Darren has been part of the CheckFire Team for over 20 years and carries extreme passion for fire safety. Simply get in touch with Darren to learn how we can support with ensuring fire safety is maintained within the construction market.

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