Best Practises of Fire Safety

Fires on construction sites are usually an unexpected occurrence, however when do they happen, they can have devastating consequences which can damage a business and put workers at risk.

Construction sites or buildings under construction are more vulnerable to fires breaking out than completed and occupied sites, as there are more risks and hazards posed on a work-in-progress worksite.

Here at Bull, our ambition is to ensure workers have all the correct equipment on site so that they are fully prepared for any situation. Here’s a guideline on what your business can do to ensure best practice on site.

1. Understanding potential risks
The first step to preventing fires is to understand the potential risks posed. Each site requires different fire equipment depending on the type of work being carried out.

Carry out a thorough risk assessment in order to identify all risks that could potentially cause a fire, or any hazard that could put workers in danger.

According to HSE, you should carry out these five steps:

•    Identify the hazards.
•    Decide who might be harmed and how.
•    Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions.
•    Record your significant findings.
•    Review your assessment and update if necessary.

2. Onsite procedures and equipment

Once the risks have been identified, it’s important to ensure you have all the correct fire safety products on site.

In the case of a fire, the first objective should be to get all the workers to safety as quickly as possible. There must be efficient systems for fire detection such as heat and smoke detectors to warn workers in the case of a fire.

At Bull, we supply a range of fire alarms and detectors to the construction industry, from industry standard wireless alarms, bells and horns, to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, to our renowned Cygnus Wireless Alarm System.

The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System, manufactured by Bull Products, shapes the way companies ensure the safety of their employees and the workplace in the case of a fire.

Suitable for large-scale developments, the Cygnus system is able to link 480 individual units in 15 different zones.

Rigorously tested to offer the ultimate in performance and reliability, the Cygnus system has raised the bar in the industry and is the most successful and adaptable temporary fire alarm system for use in the construction industry.

It’s also important to have a number of fire extinguishers located in the correct places to ensure emergencies are dealt with swiftly.  

At Bull, we stock and supply more than 50 regulation-compliant fire extinguishers, so no matter what your environment or the risk posed, we can keep your workplace safe.

Remember the extinguishers should be appropriate to the nature of the potential fire:
•    Wood, paper and cloth – water extinguisher
•    Flammable liquids – dry powder or foam extinguisher
•    Electrical – carbon dioxide (C02) extinguisher

3. Maintenance and training
Having the right fire safety products in one place is crucial but it’s also important to ensure the equipment is maintained to ensure proper use.

Regular checks can ensure that:
•    All fire alarm systems are working properly so you’re prepared in the case of an emergency
•    You record any faults in systems and equipment to prevent the same risk from happening again
•    All escape routes are clear and the floor is in a good condition to ensure workers are protected to the highest health and safety standards
•    All fire escapes can be opened easily so that in an emergency, workers can easily access the equipment needed

Expert advice you can rely on
At Bull, we supply the building and construction industry with purpose-made, reliable, specialist fire protection.

We pride ourselves on the expertise we give to help businesses meet their legal fire safety obligations. We are always happy to discuss the options available and how our products and services can help meet the needs of individual businesses.

For more information and advice about our building site products, talk to one of our team of knowledgeable and friendly advisors on 01432 806806 /