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Fire Protection During Construction

This is a guest post by Heather McPhearson. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

Fires are rarely sympathetic to any environment and can quickly destroy weeks, if not months of workmanship during a construction project. It is therefore crucially important that some often simple steps are taken to ensure your project takes the necessary precautions to prevent fire.

Keeping the construction area as clear as possible, particularly when left unattended, should be a key consideration on every foreman’s list. Reducing the amount of debris and combustible materials both within the build site and around its immediate boundaries can prevent a fire starting from a loose spark. Clearing the site of these materials should be carried out as often as practicable.

Many fires are started within the roof space of a build therefore it is important to prevent such an occurrence as much as possible. Do this by selecting materials that are fire resistant or do not combust such as Class A asphalt shingles, metal, cement or concrete products.

There are some design considerations as well which could be taken into account. For example, smaller panes and double glazed windows are much more effective in preventing the spread of fire from one room or building to another (providing the windows are built to the appropriate government and construction industry standards).

During the build process, be sure to use surface protection products in both the protection of the finished floor, wall or door, but also with consideration to the prevention of fire. There are numerous products on the market but not all are flame retardant. Why take the risk?

Carpet protection is one of the most common forms of surface protection as carpets are often the most easily of damaged finishings during the final stages of a build. This is perhaps one of the most important areas to ensure fire protection because a fire at this stage of a build is likely to destroy much more than just the carpet.

Prevention is always better than cure, no more so than in the avoidance of fire in the construction industry. Make sure this does not happen to your project by following some simple steps and choosing the right protection products.

Author: Heather McPhearson
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