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Basic Fire Precautions During Construction of Large Buildings

The building department is responsible for the enforcement of the building code. Their area of expertise is primarily involved in assuring compliance with the building code. They will be inside of these buildings much more frequently than fire personnel and may have opportunity to spot fire hazard conditions before a fire inspector could spot them.

 

Hot Work During Construction of Large Buildings

One process that requires constant consideration is Hot Work. A Hot Work program must encompass many specific practices that require enforcement and accountability to reduce the frequency and severity of fires.

 

The fire prevention bureau is involved in the plan check process for a new building and enforces the provisions of Chapter 14 of the International Fire Code, where applicable or NFPA 1 where applicable. These practices involve inspection of built-in fire mitigation elements such as sprinklers and fire alarms.

 

Fire Suppression Division Practices

The fire suppression division must be involved in pre-fire planning activities. It begins with site development and encompasses consideration of specific practices that need to be followed. These would involve water supply and access primarily

 

Private Sector Resources

Many communities have adopted qualification and credentialing programs to assure competency in fire safety practices during construction. The following are programs that are available in different parts of the country to help prepare construction site fire safety managers to carry out their responsibilities.

 

Statistical Resources

Periodically various organizations such as the United States Fire Administration, the National Fire Protection Association and the National Association of State Fire Marshals issue statistical reports that reflect trends and patterns in fire. This section addresses locations where you can go to find these reports.

 

OUR MISSION »


The mission of this website is to provide background information to both public and private sector organizations regarding how to reduce the frequency and severity of fires during construction. This site identifies many best management practices that were collected during a literature search.

WHO WE ARE

This website was developed as a cooperative effort of the American Wood Council, an industry based Stakeholders Group and Fireforceone. The original research was based on search for management practices that could be utilized to “Reduce Fires in Buildings Under Construction”. The primary target audiences are those involved in the construction of large-area, multi-family housing.


 
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