How to prevent fire at construction site

Workers must be educated about the right usage of fire equipment. PHOTO/FILE
Workers must be educated about the right usage of fire equipment. PHOTO/FILE
Fire is one of the main hazards in a construction site. Below are five important steps towards development of a ‘fireproof’ construction fire prevention and safety plan.

1.) Create a fire protection plan
This involves the development of an emergency response plan that will educate people on the necessary measures to take in case a fire breaks out. The plan may include methods of fire control, rescue operations, notification of the people, securing the site among many other procedures.

2.) Install fire safety equipment
Fire detection and fighting equipment – smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, fire horses, doors seals and ladders must be put in place from the inception of a project. Unfortunately, most people tend to think that these equipments should be installed once the project has been completed.

3.) Determine potential construction fire risks
Potential dangers in a construction site often include, but not limited to, explosives, flammable liquids and gases, electrical apparatus, welding and heating equipment.

Using open flames and completely banning all activities that can pose threat to the site can greatly reduce fire hazards.  In addition to that, every construction site should have a fire protection engineer to mitigate these dangers through proper planning, coordination, and assistance.

4.) Educate the builders
Ensuring that fire safety equipment and procedures are well in place is not enough. Everyone working in the site must also be educated about the basics of the fire safety contingency measures and the right usage of the fire equipment.

5.) Secure important documents
Original copies of important documents should be secured in a safe place away from the construction site. However, where this is not possible, the documents should be stored in a fireproof vaults.