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8 Fire Prevention Tips for Construction Sites

Fire prevention must be a top priority when planning and managing construction work

A fire on a construction site can lead to severe or even fatalities injuries, major structural damage, destruction of machinery, equipment, or materials, and untimely delay in project completion. Most fires can be prevented by designing out risks, taking simple precautions, and by adopting safe working practices.

For a fire to start, three things are needed: a source of ignition, a source of fuel and oxygen.

Examples of sources of ignition on construction sites are: heaters, lighting, naked flames, electrical equipment, welding or grinding, cigarettes, matches and anything else that can get very hot or cause sparks, old live electrical cables

Examples of sources of fuel on construction sites are: flammable liquids (petrol, paint, varnish, white spirit etc), wood, paper, plastic, rubber or foam, liquefied petroleum gas, acetylene, loose packaging materials, waste rubbish, furniture and insulation.

It is important to control or eliminate sources of ignition and have precautions in place should a fire start. A "responsible person " has a duty to assess the risk from fire and put measures in place that provide adequate protection against the risk of fire.

8 Fire Prevention Fire & Safety Tips for Construction Sites

  1. Complete your Fire Risk Assessment
    If you employ five or more people you must record the significant findings of your Fire Risk Assessment and the actions you have taken
  2. Provide Fire Training
    Make sure your induction includes fire safety and you have enough fire marshals etc.
  3. Secure your Site
    Make sure you have a secure site, especially at night and weekends
  4. Install Alarms and/or Boundary Lighting
    In high-risk areas, you may need to install fire and intruder alarms and /or boundary lighting
  5. Consider a Security Patrol
    Some sites may need a site security patrol
  6. Plan for Storage and Waste
    Reduce the storage of materials and waste on-site. Ensure any materials and waste are kept in designated secure areas
  7. Manage Hot Works
    Stop hot work at least 1 hour before the end of the shift, with fire checks at 30-minute intervals
  8. Provide Fire Extinguishers
    A Fire Extinguisher could put out a small fire and stop it spreading and becoming a major emergency on your site. Always have Fire Extinguishers readily to hand throughout the site.

Got a question about different types of Fire Extinguishers? Need Fire Alarms or Fire Risk Assessment?  Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

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You provide a suitable up to date drawing of your building in either:
  • Hard copy
  • PDF
  • Or preferably AutoCAD (dwg) format
Depending on the availability of installation records and the complexity of the building, we arrange a visit to identify the zone number associated with each Fire Alarm Manual Call Point and Fire Detector (for practicality this may involve two engineers).
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is created.
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is supplied in A4 or A3 glazed frame for installation adjacent to your Fire Alarm Panel.

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

False Fire Alarms remain a huge concern within the education sector- interrupting already carefully scheduled, planned and well-prepared lessons or even causing major disruption and distress to exams.  

Clearly, these false alarms cause significant inconvenience and disruption to students, staff, and visitors. They compromise everyone’s safety in the school and present a significant risk to the local community since the Fire Brigade will prioritise the school over other emergency callouts.

Solutions you should consider:

Anti-tamper products

The first and most straightforward way is to use anti-tamper products.

Fixfire® supplies a wide range of solutions designed to protect Fire Alarm Devices from inadvertent damage or deliberate misuse/vandalism.

Products include:

  • Local plastic cover flaps which attach directly to manual call points.
  • The stopper consists of a clear, tamperproof, tough polycarbonate cover, frame and spacer that retrofits over a break glass call point. When lifted to operate the break glass unit, its optional battery powered integral sounder emits a piercing 96dB (at 1m). Immediate attention is drawn to the area and a prankster will either run or be caught!
  • A range of steel web stoppers designed to protect fire detectors and warning devices. They are constructed from heavy-duty galvanised steel rod which is plastic-coated for durability and external use.
  • A range of polycarbonate enclosures are available for the protection of devices such as fire alarm control panels and associated control equipment. The enclosures combine tough rugged construction with stylish design and offer excellent protection with a key lock for authorised access.

We also provide anti-tamper devices for fire extinguishers and associated products.

KeyCall® Call Point

KeyCall® is a patented anti-ligature Fire Alarm and Access Control call point. It is designed to use the same key as the doors, providing simple operation for staff whilst eliminating nuisance activations by service-users.

KeyCall® has been developed by Fixfire® specifically for approved applications where standard versions would be vulnerable to abuse.

It is one of the best solutions for SEN schools and it is also compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems.

Conduct Fire Safety Training

Most fire safety courses offer a mix of classroom-based learning and practical training experience, educating attendees on how to respond in the event of an emergency.

 In order to fulfil your obligations under current Fire Safety Law, it is essential that you have a documented regime of Fire Safety tests and checks and personnel who are suitably trained to respond correctly in the event of an emergency.

All Fire Safety Training is provided by experienced, time-served and qualified persons from a Fire Safety background.

Video surveillance

Even if the cameras don't identify the culprit, they can identify who was in the area at the time of the false alarm activation. Fixfire® specialises in integration and will bring together your Fire, Access and Security systems providing enhanced functionality.

Fixfire® provides leading-edge integration with ancillary systems and equipment. Our mission is to deliver reliable, well-engineered installations that provide you with peace of mind 24/7.

Place fire detectors in the correct locations

Smoke detectors that are placed too close to kitchens, cooking appliances, locker rooms or bathrooms will most likely be accidentally activated by the smoke or steam emitted by these sources. Detectors might need to be relocated.

Smoke detectors are more sensitive and are installed in any environment where smoke or steam would not normally be present. Heat detectors are installed in areas such as kitchens where smoke detectors would constantly false alarm during routine cooking. Multi-sensors combine smoke and heat in one detector and offer immunity to false alarms in certain applications.

Use the right detector

New detectors have improved technology and can measure a range of conditions to potentially be more effective at detecting a fire condition.

Flush Fire Detectors ensure protection is not compromised in any areas where conventional ‘un-pluggable’ detection could be subject to abuse. It is widely used in SEN Schools.

Maintain your Fire System

Make sure the alarm system is properly and regularly maintained.

Fixfire® is BAFE accredited for the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Servicing of Fire Alarm Systems.

All works are carried out by our employed, uniformed and trained Fire Alarm engineers.
Following each visit, a Certificate of Inspection is issued.

Got a question about False Fire Alarms? Need Fire Safety Compliance advice?  Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999

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