3 Primary Rules For Keeping Fire Extinguishers At A Construction Site

As the owner of a construction business, fire safety will always be one of your top concerns. If a fire starts and gets out of hand at a construction site where so many raw materials are typically present, the problem can spread so fast that it is impossible to contain it. Because of this, having fire extinguishers on site in several different locations is always a must. Even though most construction business owners are fully aware that fire extinguishers must be present, many are unfamiliar with the basic rules. Take a quick look at three of the primary rules of keeping fire extinguishers on hand at a construction site. 

Fire extinguishers should be readily available on every floor of a building in progress. 

If you are in the process of constructing a building that has multiple levels, even if it is a residential property with an upstairs, attic, and basement, it is important that you have fire extinguishers available on every level of the structure. If a fire starts, you will not want employees having to traverse down ladders or speed down stairs to get to a device that can contain the blaze. It is best to situate a fire extinguisher in a stairwell or at the opening of every level so that it is well known by everyone on the job site where the extinguisher can be found. 

Do not allow fire extinguishers to be blocked by construction equipment. 

At a construction site, there can be all kinds of equipment present, from lift booms and cranes to scaffolding and large saws. If you are working with a piece of equipment in an area where there is a fire extinguisher displayed, make sure you do not block the fire extinguisher with the equipment. Not only can this make the fire extinguisher impossible to see when there is a fire, it can also slow down the reaction time to get a blaze under control. 

Keep a fire extinguisher on or near any equipment that can be a fire hazard. 

Some pieces of construction equipment are known for creating a fire hazard. For example, if you are working with welding equipment, which uses electrical arc to melt metal. there is always a chance of thrown sparks that can contribute to a fire. On these types of equipment, it is crucial to keep a portable fire extinguisher available so in the event of a flame the person using the equipment can quickly gain control over the situation.