Managing your fire liabilities
On average, there are 11 construction fires every day, which annually cost the construction industry £400 million, according to the most recent figures from the HSE. Fires can be devastating, as they can damage a building’s structural elements and its equipment, as well as disrupt regular operations. For that reason, it is important to know the most common sources of fire on construction sites. Besides hot works and arson, these are the most common fire sources on construction sites:
- Electrical faults: Accidental fires can be caused by faulty wiring, inadequate electrical insulation, and overloaded electrical sockets.
- Faulty electrical appliances: Operating faulty equipment that produces heat or sparks near flammable or combustible materials causes fires.
- Open flames, including those from cigarettes and lighters: If left unattended, e-cigarette batteries can overcharge, causing them to explode. Unextinguished cigarettes can also start fires.
Although it may seem like the potential for accidental fires is high, prevention is simple and easy. Follow these steps to prevent fires:
- Keep work areas free of waste paper, rubbish and other flammable items.
- Regularly have equipment inspected and serviced.
- Conduct a fire risk assessment before you begin any project.
- Contact Lockyers on 01924 278222 to discuss potential gaps in your cover.