Source : Richard Allaway
Most serious fires in this industry occur on sites of renovation and refurbishments of buildings due to faulty or old electric cables and a lot of dry timber that workers are often not aware of. Also the building process uses chemicals like adhesives and insulating materials that are highly flammable. Most of the fire incidents can be avoided with a bit of planning and preparation.
Fires on construction sites are not only dangerous to human life but they can be costly and set work back extensively. It can also cause damage to surrounding buildings and properties.
In order for a fire to ignite all it takes is a source of ignition, small flame or electrical spark and oxygen.
Many solids, liquids and gases can catch fire and burn on a construction site. It only takes a source of ignition, which may be a small flame or an electrical spark, together with air.
By reducing the quantity of combustible materials on site, workers can reduce the possibility of a fire. Materials that are combustible can be stored outside of the work area until needed and if it is to be stored indoors it should be located away from ignition sources and away from workers. Good housekeeping and site tidiness are important to prevent fires. This will also ensure that emergency exit routes are kept clear and unobstructed in case of an emergency.