With the large number of flammables on a construction site, the danger of a fire is actually rather high and if a fire does happen everybody on the construction site can be in danger.
The risk of damage, injury and even death from a construction site fire is very serious and nothing should get in the way of providing fire protection of temporary buildings on construction sites and an adequately safe working environment for each and every employee.
Because a fire extinguisher is one of your first lines of defence in a small fire, fire extinguishers must be easily-accessible and clearly-visible and must be part of commercial builders fire precautions. If working on a multi-level structure, ensure that there is access to an extinguisher on each floor.
Both for legal purposes and to ensure the safety of the workers on the site, every construction site in Australia needs to have a fire extinguisher on site and a regular fire extinguisher inspection.
According to Australian Standard 2444-2001, as governed by the National Construction Code of Australia 2012, commercial premises and public meeting places are required to provide fire extinguishers.
What kind of fire extinguisher do you need?
There are four major types of fire extinguisher which includes:
- Foam spray
- Carbon dioxide
- Dry powder
It is essential to consider getting several fire extinguishers to match various potential fire types which can happen on the construction site.
Water Fire Extinguisher
A water fire extinguisher is suitable for wood, newspaper or perhaps textile fires,
C02 Fire Extinguisher
In the even you need extinguishing around electric equipment a CO2 fire extinguisher is the path to take.
Foam as well as powder fire extinguishers will also be options you can check.
Matching the fire extinguisher depending on the kind of material which is extensively used on site is important. It is a great idea to, however, have all types of extinguishers on site to ensure ultimate fire protection and safety.
Fire Extinguisher Checklist
When getting a fire extinguisher for your construction site, it is vital that you ensure you check out the following:
- Are the fire extinguishers of the correct type and size? Depending on the potential category of fires that may be triggered and the environment, choose the proper extinguisher with nozzle capacity and type.
- Have you offered the adequate number of fire extinguishers for your construction site? More than one extinguisher will be required for larger sites.
- Have you utilized your fire extinguisher any time in the previous 6 month period? If not, it’s very likely that the trigger might become stuck. Routinely conduct fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance checks to find out if it’s in full capacity and in working order. Based on Australian standards, fire extinguishers must be certified by the council every six months to ensure that they are in working order.
- Are the fires extinguishers clearly positioned and properly mounted to the wall? If a fire emergency does occur, there will be a lot of distractions so it’s essential that your fire extinguishers are easy and clearly located to access.
- It’s also essential to find out if your workers are capable of handling a fire extinguisher in the event of an actual fire. Basic training sessions can be held on-site or through third-party providers like FCF Fire & Electrical Wollongong that offers online fire training courses can significantly enhance the amount of confidence and safety. This promotes better safety on site and ensures you are in compliance.
Having fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment for your site must be a top priority to further improve the quality of safety on your site and ensure that you are fulfilling all pertinent council compliance requirements.