Fires are common at construction sites. There is a wealth of fire hazards and a lack of fire protection. Check out our article on the hazards and mitigation at construction sites.
Every 20 seconds a fire department is called to a fire in the United States. Construction sites have an abundance of fire hazards that make fires a very real risk. Property loss is estimated at $9.8 billion a year, and the US Fire Administration believes that construction site fires have an even bigger loss. With a lack of detection, protection, and even more hazards - fires can devastate a construction site.
Why do fires start at construction sites?
Workplace fires start for a variety of reasons: electricity, chemicals, flammable liquids, compressed gases, poor housekeeping, welding, cutting, and smoking.