Fire Safety

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CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

Summary Statement

This toolbox talk was created by NIOSH and CPWR and covers fire safety. The design allows workers to view a graphic while the facilitator presents the information. After the talk, the sheet can be posted on the jobsite with the graphic side out to reinforce the key points.
2013

CPWR Toolbox Talk logoFires and burns are the fifth most common cause of accidental injury deaths in the United States and the third-leading cause of fatal home injury. Workers need to be aware of the variety of potential fire hazards at the work site.

 

Here is an Example

Tim was painting the walls of the attic in a three-story house. A fire began in the basement due to bad wiring in a light socket near the ceiling. There was no working smoke detector in the house, and because Tim was in the attic he did not smell the smoke until it was too late. Tim was not able to make it out and he died.

  1. How could this tragedy have been avoided?
  2. What are possible fire hazards at your worksite?

Fire Safety

  • Make sure that there is a ventilation system, especially where paints, solvents, or other flammable materials are being applied.
  • Ensure working smoke detectors are provided in building areas.
  • Make sure that there is at least one fire extinguisher on all construction sites. All extinguishers should be easy to find and everyone should know where they are.
  • Clean up all flammable liquid leaks or spills immediately
  • Never put water on an electrical fire.
  • Use a CO2 fire extinguisher only if the fire is small.
  • Don’t overload circuits or bypass the circuit protection.
  • Inspect all electric devices and their cords. Replace frayed insulation at once. Most electric devices are subject to internal wiring failures, faulty power cords, and switches that add to fire risk.

What Are We Going to Do Today?

What will we do here at the worksite today to promote fire safety?

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OSHA REGULATIONS: 1926.150

Graphic of a worker inspecting an electrical cord with a fire extinguisher nearby.

  • Ensure working smoke detectors are provided in building areas.
  • Make sure that there is at least one fire extinguisher on all construction sites.
  • Inspect all electric devices and their cords.