Each year, serious fires take place at construction sites, work zones, and building refurbishment sites, causing severe injuries and material damages. Jobs sites that have large quantities of dry timber and ones that contain flammable materials, like insulation and adhesives, are especially prone to fires. Fortunately, most construction fires can be prevented by taking the following precautions.
- Reduce the amount of combustible material until needed
- Use fewer flammable materials
- Keep job sites free of trash and unnecessary clutter
- Use flame retardant materials for coverings and sheeting
- Use caution with tanks, which can ignite flammable residue or ignite gas
- Ban smoking at the job site
- Ensure that electrical installations are properly maintained
The Fire Prevention Course for Construction
Our OSHA Fire Prevention course for Construction will train workers how to identify fire safety risks and take precautions to avoid fires in the workplace. These are some of the topics that you'll learn about in depth during our one-hour online course:
- OSHA fire detection and protection requirements
- Job site hazards
- Fire watch
- Chemical storage
- Response equipment
- Emergency response plans
It's important to remember that fires can start at any time, and at any type of construction site. Prepare yourself with this vital fire safety knowledge so that you can plan an effective response in case of emergency and minimize your risk of fire-related injuries and costly damage to your materials and equipment.
This course is offered by the University of South Florida and is not a course or program of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital certificate of completion.