With fire and rescue teams turning up to 160,000 fires last year, it’s clear that fire prevention measures haven’t been mastered by everybody. And one of the leading industries in causing fires is construction.
Three components are needed to start a fire: oxygen, heat and fuel; all of which are an easy find on a construction site. But what fire hazards should you be looking out for when on a construction site?
Types of Ignition Sources
Ignition sources (or “heat” in the fire triangle) can come from a variety of places on a construction site. When an ignition source finds its way near a fuel source - well it’s probably not going to be good news.
A few examples of these areas of immense heat are:
- Lighting (Hot lighting and Halogen lights)
- Machinery & Tools (Grinding, Welding, Faulty Electrical Equipment)
- Naked Flames
- Cigarettes and Lighters
Types of Fuel Sources
Fuel sources are arguably even less rare on a construction site. There are a lot of materials used in the process of constructing buildings and objects, but here is a list of the ones you should keep away from ignition sources:
- Packaging Materials
- Volatile Substances (Paints and Thinners)
- Components of the structure itself (Timber and Composite Panels)
- Fuel-Operated Machinery
Types of Oxygen Sources
Typically, the oxygen that causes fires is from the natural airflow. There’s not much you can do about this, so it’s best to focus on removing one of the other elements needed to create a fire (again, referring to the fire triangle). However, air conditioning and oxidising chemicals are some other possible sources of oxygen.
Fire Awareness Training in Construction
Here at iHasco, we offer an online Fire Awareness Training course for construction to help you identify the possible fire hazards in your workplace before any accidents occur. It also covers topics like which fire extinguisher to use and what fire signage is needed around the site.
Additionally, we offer online Fire Awareness Training courses for other industries: