How Do You Prevent Fire From Spreading?


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Pippa Corbett Profile
Pippa Corbett answered
To prevent a fire from spreading, there are a number of things you can do:

  • Restrict the fire
  • Cut off a fire's oxygen supply
  • Reduce the temperature of a fire
  • Fight the fire with the correct extinguisher (but only if it's safe to do so).
Preventing the spread of fire
Once a fire has started, things can get crazy really quickly. It's important that you keep calm and make quick (but considered) decisions.

Tackling a fire effectively should start way before an actual fire breaks out - if you're well prepared for every eventuality, you'll be able to prevent a fire from spreading fairly easily.

When fire breaks out, you should call for help straight away.

Only once you've completed all the recommended precautionary steps can you then start thinking about containing the spread of fire.

Containing a fire
Physically containing a fire is an effective way of stopping flames from spreading. This means shutting doors, and creating barriers that will slow down the spread of flames.

Cutting a fire's oxygen supply will help prevent it from spreading - a fire needs oxygen to burn. That's why throwing a fire-resistant material over the flames can often stifle a small fire.

Having the right equipment to tackle a fire is vital. Fire extinguishers are good to have around your home, and knowing which type of fire extinguisher to use can make all the difference.

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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered

Follow all the important ways to prevent fire from spreading:-

1. Adequate provision for escape from all sites should be made.

2. Keep adequate with distance between temporary buildings. All temporary buildings should be made with non combustible materials.

3. Provide free space between each section of the stored materials to allow access for fire fighting.

4. Store inflammable materials separately.

5. Avoid using combustible materials for framework and scaffolding.

6. Remove combustible packing materials from the site periodically to avoid accumulation of fire load.

7. Clean site frequently at least once a week.

8. Display ‘No Smoking’ posters in areas where inflammable materials are stored.

9. Don’t light any fire in or around storage area for cooking or any other purpose.

10.Inspect the work place thoroughly where welding and gas cutting operation are to be carried out and remove any inflammable materials around, before starting work.

11. Ensure that welding and gas cutting sparks do not fall on combustible materials. In case it cannot be avoided, cover the materials with metal sheet.

12. In case welding or gas cutting has to be done on a vessel, pipe or container which contains or had earlier contained flammable liquids; ensure purging/inerting and issue work permit before starting work.

13. Ensure that there is no leakage of gases from hoses or hose connections fitted with the gas cylinders before starting gas cutting.

14. In case of electric welding, check that there are no loose connections in welding cables and earth conection.

15. Do not leave electric circuits on or gas cutting torches burning when not in use.

16. Inspect the area for smoldering materials after gas cutting/welding. If found extinguish them.

17.Remove gas cylinders to store when not in use.

18. Place fire extinguishers in conspicuous locations as near as possible to escape routes.

19. Ensure that the fire extinguishers are clearly visible and easily accessible and passages leading to them are free.

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carlos Striker Profile
carlos Striker answered

By dousing it.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered

It’s always a good idea to have basic equipment such as fire extinguishers on site so that you can stop fires if they are detected early on. Care must be taken however to ensure that the right types of extinguishers are placed in the right areas and that the people using them have the correct knowledge to enable them to operate them safely.

All fire extinguishers should also be maintained on an annual basis to ensure that they are kept in working order, so that they are ready if needed.

Stewart Pinkerton Profile
Remove the source of fuel or oxygen, or reduce the temperature below the flash point.

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