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Module 1: Introduction to Fire Prevention Requirements Copy

June 4, 2021

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”11572″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Welcome to Titan University’s course Fire Prevention and Protection for Government Construction Projects.

Construction fires not only risk lives, but cause millions of dollars in damage each year. In  order to manage risk and reduce the potential for fire mishaps on Government construction projects, you need an effective plan in place.

Luckily, most government projects help address the concern of onsite fires by requiring a written site-specific Fire Prevention Plan to be included in the project’s Accident  Prevention Plan or Safety Plan. To be approved, the written fire prevention plan must  follow the guidelines of NFPA 241 and the USACE Safety Manual, EM 385 1-1. The Fire Prevention and Protection section from the EM 385 1-1, among other related items can be found in your downloadable course materials.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Fire Hazards and Safety Responsibilities

During construction, hazards commonly associated with building operations are continually created. And it’s up to the entire crew to follow the requirements in minimizing the risk of fire on any government project. It’s also the responsibility of the Site Safety Officer to enforce and carry out the approved Fire Prevention Plan.

Even though safety ultimately lies with the SSHO, everyone on the project is responsible for fire safety. No employee or subcontractor should be on the project site until he or she knows what to do in the case of a fire.

Who do they contact and how do they contact them? Where are the fire extinguishers and how are fire extinguishers used? Where are the first aid kits? And so on.

Everyone must know what to do in the case of fires. And on most Government Projects, fire prevention is one of the topics discussed during safety meetings if the project poses a fire risk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”11348″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”peacoc” border_width=”2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”11574″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]There are two Fire terms we use in Government Construction Projects. Fire Prevention Measures and Fire Protection Measures.

Fire Prevention

Fire prevention measures are the practices that will be followed to eliminate or reduce the
presence of flammable materials, ignition sources, and to prevent ignition sources from
contacting flammable or combustible materials.

Fire Protection

Fire protection measures are those practices which pursue limiting the spread of fire, should one happen. These practices enhance the ability of workers and emergency responders to control, contain, and extinguish any fire which does occur.

In other words, prevention measures attempt to do everything possible to prevent all  hazards from coming into contact with flammable or combustible materials. And protective measures are in the control and containment of a fire if it does happen. This includes protecting both people and property.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Module 1 Quiz” main_heading_color=”#0d5981″ main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” margin_design_tab_text=”” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:30px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:35px;”]Please click the Module 1 Quiz link below to take the short quiz. When you’ve completed the quiz, we can start on Module 2 which is about flammable materials. Good luck on the quiz and we’ll see you back here soon![/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row]