Sounding the alarm: Wildfire exposure and prevention in construction

We know certain types of construction carry inherent fire risks – wood frame construction is one such type.

Building materials stored onsite can pose a fire risk. But what happens when the risk of fire and its resultant damage spreads beyond the jobsite. What happens when a single spark from a grinder, or a faulty generator, can destroy not only your project, but also businesses and homes located many miles away? That is exactly what contractors face when building in areas with elevated risk of wildfire.

This article sheds light on the various risks that contractors need to consider when building in areas with an elevated risk of wildfire and the actions businesses can take to mitigate their exposure.

Topics covered:
• Cause and effect.
• “Human factor” causes of wildfires.
• Understanding the risks.
• Fighting fire with a plan – considerations for construction companies.