Fire safety is one of the most basic types of safety training, and yet it is often overlooked. This is serious because fires can be a common occurrence at construction sites. The combination of combustible substances, open flame (from torches, for example), and poor ventilation in some construction areas create extremely hazardous conditions with a high risk of fire.
✔ Familiarize yourself with the location of all fire exits, alarms and fire extinguishers.
✔ Keep fire exits clear at all times.
✔ Make sure enough fire extinguishers are in the area. Replace empty fire extinguishers immediately.
✔ A fire extinguisher inspection must be carried out at least once per month and date tags must be visible on the extinguisher.
✔ Know how to use the fire extinguisher properly and know which type of extinguisher to use on which class of fire. Using the wrong type of extinguisher can cause the fire to spread.
✔ Always store flammable materials in proper containers, away from buildings and ignition sources.
✔ Post warning signs identifying the areas where flammable liquids are being used.
✔ Wear clothing that is flame-resistant. If the job allows you to wear personal clothing, make sure it is made from organic material. Synthetic materials will catch fire easily and cause burns.
✔ Beware of sparks from tools and other sources.
✔ Know the classes of fire. A Class A fire involves natural combustibles such as wood; Class B fires involve flammable liquids such as bitumen or gasoline, and Class C fires involve electrical fires and combustible metals such as magnesium.
These minimum training and equipment requirements, if followed correctly, will greatly reduce the risk of serious injury on the job site. For more information regarding this subject, please reference the applicable sections of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation.
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