What is needed in the event of a fire?

General fire precautions need to be considered at the design stage and throughout the life of a project taking into account the changing nature of construction work. What is provided will depend on the level of risk- high risk sites (e.g. timber frame, multi storey) will need more precautions. The aim is to enable people on a construction site to safely and quickly escape from a fire or explosion and reach a place of safety.

Measures will include:

	Emergency plans

	Raising the alarm

	Limiting the spread of fire by compartmentalising (using fire resisting walls/floors /ceilings to sub divide the building )

	Escape routes and fire exits

	Fire fighting

Further guidance is available in [HSG 168 Fire in Construction (ISBN 978 0 7176 6345 3)](http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg168.htm).