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Tackling the Construction Fires Crisis
Each year in the United States, fire departments respond to an average of 4,300 fires in buildings under construction, according to a report released by NFPA® last October. That’s nearly a dozen such fires every day. The economic impact of these blazes is significant, with an average annual estimate of more than $375 million in direct property damages. They also cause, on average, 62 annual civilian injuries and five annual civilian deaths.

The truth is that construction sites are prone to fires. Fuel loads like scrap materials and sawdust combine with ignition sources like sparks from hot work and cooking equipment to make construction activities a hazard. In fact, cooking equipment is the leading cause of fires in buildings under construction (followed by electrical distribution and lighting equipment, heating equipment, arson, and smoking).

This FREE webinar will feature a panel of construction site fire safety experts to discuss the many fire safety challenges that exist on construction sites and how those challenges can best be met. Attendees will glean first-hand information and knowledge that they will be able to directly apply to job sites in their communities to create a safer future. Panelists will answer commonly asked questions, such as: Who is responsible for fire safety on a construction site? What fire hazards exist on site? What does a fire prevention program manager (FPPM) do?

Attendees will also receive a number of NFPA resources to help address the problem of construction fires, such as a free two-week trial* of NFPA LiNK®, where you’ll be able to access NFPA codes and standards digitally, including NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations, as well as free information such as fact sheets, research reports, and articles. 

*NFPA LiNK free trial is not available to current LiNK subscribers or anyone who has previously had a free trial.

Mar 21, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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