How to avoid a construction disaster at your home construction site
When a construction site goes up in flames, the only way to put out a fire is to destroy it.
That’s the takeaway from the latest research published by Recode, which found that a major fire in a building site can be a serious threat to people’s lives and property.
The study examined a series of wildfires in the U.S. in 2016 and found that one in three buildings in the United States have been affected by a fire.
A fire in one of these buildings is considered a fire emergency, which means a fire can’t be extinguished quickly enough to save everyone inside.
But that doesn’t mean the fire won’t spread.
“A fire in the wrong place at the wrong time can spread, so if you’re on the construction site, you may not have the tools to put it out,” Recode’s Alexia Miller wrote in a recent story about the findings.
Miller explained that people are often left unprepared to fight fires and have to make tough decisions when they do fight fires.
She wrote: “A lot of people get into a lot of fires, but it’s very hard to put them out.
And the best way to stop a fire, is to fight it, and it’s even harder to put that fire out.”
Miller also noted that people who live near construction sites may be at a higher risk of getting burned or losing their homes if the fires spread quickly.
“If you live near a construction zone, there’s a lot more to worry about,” Miller wrote.
In addition to the danger of fire spreading rapidly, Miller found that the average time between a major wildfire and a collapse in a major structure in the building site was much shorter than the time between two major fires in a single building.
“The average collapse occurred in a few hours and you’d never see it again,” she wrote.
The findings were published in the journal Fire.