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BCD230 – Construction Fire Safety Practices


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The purpose of this presentation is to provide background information to designers and code officials regarding how to reduce the frequency and severity of fires during construction. This presentation identifies many best management practices and places emphasis on personal accountability of all stakeholders in the process. The intent of this presentation is to provide generic guidelines as to how to use model codes and standards to reduce fire loss. It is recognized that there are significant differences in the roles of various organizations in preventing fire. This presentation will not address the use of model codes and standards once a building has received a certificate of occupancy.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Identify codes and standards that regulate fire safety during construction
  2. Identify common causes of construction fires
  3. Define the role of various parties in reducing the risk of construction fires
  4. List steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of construction fires

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