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Don’t Get Burned- Fire Safety on the Job Site

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While most people pay close attention to fire safety in homes and public buildings, Warp Training Australia also recommends that it is important to note fire safety precautions and regulations when building on a job site.

On a job site there are a number of items to pay close attention to. First and foremost, it is important to have a fire protection plan. Floor plans should identify all evacuation routes, on-site fire extinguishers and a name and phone number in case of emergencies. Fire protection plans must be approved by the fire department prior to proceeding past foundation work for new buildings and demolition work.

On a build site it is also vital to make sure emergency vehicles have open and clear access to all roadways. All roads shall have a minimum 13 ½ feet (13 feet and 6 inches) of vertical clearance. In case of an emergency, vehicles must be able to quickly and easily identify the location. Thus all properties must have address numbers or project location visible and legible from street facing property at the fire apparatus access point.

Sites must also have all flammable and combustible liquids in a storage area that is kept free of weeds, extraneous combustible material and kept away from open flames and smoking. Combustible material must be stored a minimum of 20 feet from buildings under construction or undergoing remodel. In addition, all gas containers must be kept a minimum of 10 feet from combustible materials. (Code information noted above is based on the California Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association Standard #1)

And always be sure fire protection systems are installed properly. The first two minutes of a fire are the most crucial so be sure there are plenty of fire extinguishers, hydrants, sprinklers and detectors throughout the property and complete a product inspection once installed.

Last but not least, double check with your local fire inspectors for your cities current codes and standard regulation information.

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  4. My company runs fire drills every quarter end to prepare its employees for various situations of fire occurrences. There are also staff who gets appointed to become the fire warden of each department to act as a “team lead” should any fire occur who are carefully trained to “protect” their rightful department under their charge. I think it is advantageous because it is easier to manage few people in panic situations rather than a whole group of panicky people in chaos. Our storage area are also ensured to be in clean places without any flammable items nearby. Same goes for our fire exits, no obstructions are near them.

  5. It is so important to have proper fire safety in the workplace. Especially having sufficient fire extinguishers and sprinklers. This is a real danger, and hopefully no business will take this safety lightly!

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