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BCD231 – Construction Fire Safety Best Practices


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This program provides information on best practices to assist the Fire Service charged with responsibilities for fire and life safety on a construction site. Builders and building officials will also benefit from the information provided. The purpose is to reduce the risk of injuries and losses from fire. The information applies to the design and planning stages as well as the actual construction phase of buildings. Many hazards can be addressed before they become an issue by adoption of best practices and rigorous code enforcement. The primary focus of this program is on large buildings during construction. Other topics that include demolition, alterations, renovations, repair and maintenance, as well as newly-completed buildings will be discussed. This program provides guidance that is based on compliance with Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Fire Code, Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Building Code, and NFPA Standards 1 and 241.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the main risks and hazards on construction sites that lead to fires in structures under construction.
  2. Apply model codes and standards that pertain to safety precautions during construction.
  3. Identify best practices regarding housekeeping, hot work, equipment fueling, smoking, food preparation and other hazardous activities on construction sites.
  4. Identify the components included in a good fire safety plan and coordinate with contractors to develop a plan.

Equivalencies: 1.5 Hours of Instruction = 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1.5 Learning Units (LU)

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