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Construction Fire Safety Coalition The Construction Fire Safety Coalition provides background information to both public and private sector organizations regarding how to reduce the frequency and severity of fires during construction.

There were several significant changes in the 2021 International Fire Code. The most impactful regarding construction fi...
05/08/2021
Construction Fire Safety Coalition Blog

There were several significant changes in the 2021 International Fire Code. The most impactful regarding construction fire safety is in the IFC’s Chapter 33, requiring the construction “site safety director” (formerly named the “fire prevention program superintendent”) to conduct daily fire safety inspections at the project site. These daily inspections must include the exterior and interior of buildings under construction until the certificate of occupancy is issued. Read about some of the others: https://www.constructionfiresafety.org/blog/blog-post-20190702

In January 2019, the governmental voting body of the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes to the International Fire Code (IFC), 2021 edition, that will aid in safeguarding construction sites. Although construction fires—including buildings under major renovation and demolition—acc...

It doesn't take a deep dive on the internet to show just how much of a threat arson presents to developers and the commu...
05/07/2021
Construction Site Fires: The Sprinkler System Dilemma | Fire Engineering

It doesn't take a deep dive on the internet to show just how much of a threat arson presents to developers and the communities where these multi-story, multi-family complexes are being built – and targeted by arsonists. Often construction site fires happen before the sprinkler systems have been turned on. https://www.fireengineering.com/fire-prevention-protection/construction-site-fires-the-sprinkler-system-dilemma/

Ray O'Brocki examines the issues presented by having sprinkler systems turned on early to protect buildings under construction.

During construction is when a building is at its most vulnerable to fire – whether it’s related to arson or caused by hu...
05/06/2021
Construction Fire Safety Coalition Blog

During construction is when a building is at its most vulnerable to fire – whether it’s related to arson or caused by human error. Is your Fire Safety Plan up to date. Does it cover all the bases? We can help. Learn how to bolster your Fire Safety Plan and mitigate fire risk at your next job site: https://www.constructionfiresafety.org/blog/blog-post-20190522

Regardless of materials and construction type, each building comes with potential fire hazards – hot work, electronic devices, and more, contribute to greater fire risk and are easily avoidable.

Can new, wireless technology be part of the fire protection plan at your next construction project? Some experts in the ...
05/05/2021
Can Wireless Alert Systems Save Lives Property at Construction Fires

Can new, wireless technology be part of the fire protection plan at your next construction project? Some experts in the field think so, and are working to integrate this new technology into the next round of International Code Council editions. https://www.constructionfiresafety.org/blog/can-wireless-alert-systems-save-lives-property-at-construction-site-fires

In January, we hosted a webinar on fire safety and prevention, and our esteemed guests provided valuable and essential information on specific issues like fire safety plans and the important role played by Fire Prevention Program Managers.

Sometimes even the best technology and personnel training are not enough to fully eliminate the threat of fire from a co...
05/04/2021
Construction Fire Safety Coalition Blog

Sometimes even the best technology and personnel training are not enough to fully eliminate the threat of fire from a construction site. That’s why site security and active fire watch are essential to protecting property and avoiding a costly fire. To reduce risk and ensure property site security, we recommend the following steps: https://www.constructionfiresafety.org/blog/blog-post-20191202

Despite the best technology and employee training, your construction site may still be vulnerable to fire hazard without proper security and fire watch.

It’s Arson Awareness Week and each day we’ll post resources from the CFSC site to help prevent construction site fires. ...
05/03/2021
Construction Fire Safety Best Practices

It’s Arson Awareness Week and each day we’ll post resources from the CFSC site to help prevent construction site fires. To identify your fire risks and take action to remedy any hazards, utilize the CSFC risk reduction and mitigation resources on our site.

Buildings under construction sometimes have large quantities of combustible material, plastics, paneling, paints, gases, and refuse on sites. When there is a large amount of flammable materials on a building site, fire protection must be taken very seriously.

The first week in May is Arson Awareness Week - always an important period for those of us working to educate and share ...
04/26/2021
Arson Awareness Week 2021

The first week in May is Arson Awareness Week - always an important period for those of us working to educate and share best practices for preventing and reducing the number of intentionally set fires.

The first week in May is always an important period for those of us working to educate and share best practices for preventing and reducing the number of intentionally set fires.

Check out the new blog post: Small Site Security Investments Can Save Big Losses from Arson
11/19/2020
Construction Fire Safety Coalition Blog

Check out the new blog post: Small Site Security Investments Can Save Big Losses from Arson

I continue to be amazed at the amount of intentionally set fires that are causing hundreds of millions of dollars of losses at high profile construction sites across the country.

They think it was caused by an electrical fault in some welding equipment. You have to maintain your equipment in good o...
05/09/2020
Major fire in SmartCity high-rise

They think it was caused by an electrical fault in some welding equipment. You have to maintain your equipment in good order and unplug it when not in use!

Over 60 personnel had to toil for eight hours to douse blaze

This is guidance for active construction sites during the COVID19 epidemic.
03/27/2020
NAHB Publishes Construction Job Site Guidance for Coronavirus

This is guidance for active construction sites during the COVID19 epidemic.

NAHB is a key member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition that today published guidance for construction employers, employees and contractors on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedne…

Due to COVID-19, construction sites are being shut down all over the country. Abandoned and unprotected construction sit...
03/27/2020

Due to COVID-19, construction sites are being shut down all over the country. Abandoned and unprotected construction sites pose a risk to the community.

Our free webinar on Monday, March 30 will cover how to Demobilizing Construction Sites Safely Using NFPA241. https://bit.ly/3dnq6Yx

American Wood Council
03/25/2020
American Wood Council

American Wood Council

Check out this free AWC webinar on how to safely suspend operations on a job site.

The Construction Fire Safety Coalition and the American Wood Council are hosting two live free webinars on demobilizing ...
03/23/2020
American Wood Council

The Construction Fire Safety Coalition and the American Wood Council are hosting two live free webinars on demobilizing construction sites on Monday March 30, 2020
Due to COVID-19, construction sites are being shut down all over the country. Abandoned and unprotected construction sites pose a risk to the community. During this shutdown it is the goal of the fire service that builders leave their construction site as reasonably fire safe as possible. 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.
Demobilizing Construction Sites Safely Using NFPA241 (BCD236) AM Session
Monday, March 30, 2020
10:55pm - 12:00pm Eastern
https://awc.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1355690&group=
Demobilizing Construction Sites Safely Using NFPA241 (BCD236) PM Session
Monday, March 30, 2020
1:55pm - 3:00pm Eastern
https://awc.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1355731&group=

Due to COVID-19, construction sites are being shut down all over the country. Abandoned and unprotected construction sites pose a risk to the community. During this shutdown it is the goal of the fire service that builders leave their construction site as reasonably fire safe as possible. This progr...

CFSC member Chris Towski presenting to the Ohio Fire Service on NFPA Construction Fire Safety!
03/03/2020

CFSC member Chris Towski presenting to the Ohio Fire Service on NFPA Construction Fire Safety!

Raymond Charles O'Brocki presenting “Pre-incident planning and Fire Suppression Considerations in Large Buildings Under ...
03/03/2020

Raymond Charles O'Brocki presenting “Pre-incident planning and Fire Suppression Considerations in Large Buildings Under Construction” to the Ohio Fire Service at the UP Firefighter Safety Symposium!

Kudos to this code official for holding the builder accountable for construction fire safety!
03/02/2020
City shuts down construction of Lynn development - Itemlive

Kudos to this code official for holding the builder accountable for construction fire safety!

LYNN — The city has temporarily shut down the construction of a five-story wood-framed building on Andrew Street after an inspection revealed numerous code violations that had turned the development into a fire hazard. Swampscott developer Zachary Andrews started constructing what will eventually ...

I will be presenting "Pre-Planning and Fire Suppression Considerations for Large  Buildings under Construction" at 2020 ...
02/20/2020
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I will be presenting "Pre-Planning and Fire Suppression Considerations for Large Buildings under Construction" at 2020 - Firefighter Safety Symposium
Firefighter and Chief Officer Training & Continuing Education. Sponsored and Hosted by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Foundation. Conference schedule can be found at http://www.lifesafetyforum.org/schedule.html

THIS IS A DRAFT SCHEDULE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGES WHILE PROGRAMS ARE CONFIRMED AND NEW PROGRAMS ARE ADDED TO THE CONFERENCE

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