#83 Jobsite Fire Hazards & Material Storage

Open Yard Storage:


Combustible materials should be piled with due regard to the stability of piles and in no case should they be higher than 20 feet.


Driveways between and around combustible storage piles should be at least 15 feet wide and maintained free from accumulation of rubbish, equipment or other articles or materials. Driveways should be so spaced that the maximum occupied space of any one section should not be more than 50 feet by 150 feet.


The entire storage site should be kept free from accumulation of unnecessary combustible materials. Weeds and grass shall be kept down and a regular procedure provided for the periodic cleanup of the entire area.


The method of piling should be solid wherever possible and in orderly and regular piles. Combustible material should not be stored outdoors within 10 feet of a building or structure.


Portable fire extinguishing equipment, suitable for the fire hazard involved, shall be provided at convenient, conspicuously accessible locations in the yard area. Portable fire extinguishers, rated not less than 2A, shall be placed so that the maximum travel distance to the nearest unit shall not exceed 75 feet. Employees shall be trained in the use of fire extinguishers annually.


Exception: Fire extinguishers must be kept within 50 feet of wherever more than 5 gallons of flammable or combustible liquid or 5 lbs of flammable 3 gas is being used.