The Importance of Fire Retardant Safety Products on Construction Sites
Construction Site Relevance
An estimated 3,840 fires have happened annually on construction sites from 2013 to 2017. Sites vulnerable to fire accidents are dangerous to workers—fires on construction sites average 49 injuries and four deaths per incident. Additionally, property damage accounts for a loss of $304 million per year. The causes of such fires vary, but there are many common causes of fires on construction sites. These include cooking, smoking, hot work, heaters, arson, and insufficient fire protection.
NFPA 241 covers temporary construction sites, equipment, and storage fire protection topics. Required compliance for construction, alterations, roofing, demolition, and underground jobs.
NFPA 701 Method II is a test for fabrics heavier than 21 oz per sq. yards. Such a test measures the flammability of material whenever exposed to ignition. The small-scale testing measures fabric resistance upon 12 seconds of flame exposure. Required criteria for the material to pass the test:
- After flame for less than 2 seconds
- A char length less than 6.5”.
- The specimen does not continue to flame after reaching the floor of the test chamber.
- The Fire Department Chemist tests the Boston Fire Marshal’s standards. Satisfactory evidence of a service life that exceeds planned service determines criteria match.