We all know how devastating fires can be, so it should come as no surprise when we say you should focus a lot of your CSCS test revision efforts on this topic.
We’ll go through as much as possible to ensure you are fully prepared to answer any questions in the fire safety section of your CSCS test in 2020.
- Key point: A fire assembly point is a designated area to assemble if the fire alarm sounds
2. If you’re working on-site and you hear the fire alarm sounding, go straight to your fire assembly point. There might be multiple fire assembly points, so make sure you go to your designated one.
- Key point: Go straight to your fire assembly point if the fire alarm sounds
3. Fires can spread rapidly, if you’re the first person to discover a fire on-site you should sound the fire alarm immediately – do not stop to gather any belongings.
- Key point: The first thing you should do if you discover a fire is raise the alarm
4. As we mentioned in our previous CSCS test revision page, a site induction will cover many safety rules. One of the most import rule you will learn at a site induction is the location of your fire assembly point.
- Key point: You will be informed about your fire assembly point at your site induction
5. If there’s a large fire on-site and you have not been trained to use a fire extinguisher you should not attempt to put the fire out. You should raise the fire alarm immediately and then go straight to your fire assembly point.
- Key point: Do not attempt to tackle large fires if you have not been trained to use a fire extinguisher
6. There are many things we all can do to help reduce the risk of a fire on-site. One of the simplest way is by keeping your work area tidy and ensuring you get rid of waste correctly.
- Key point: Maintaining a tidy work area will help to reduce the risk of a fire
7. Sometimes the nature of your work will require you to carry out tasks in important areas such as fire escape routes. If you have to work within any fire escape route you must ensure your tools and equipment do not block the route.
- Key point: Ensure your tools and other equipment do not block the fire escape route
8. If you notice frost around the valve of an LPG cylinder it most likely means that the valve is leaking.
- Key point: Frost on the valve means the valve is leaking
9. Be careful when using a CO2 fire extinguisher because the nozzle will become very cold after use.
- Key point: The nozzle of a CO2 fire extinguisher gets very cold after use
10. Some jobs on-site may require you to carry out tasks that could potentially start a fire, if this is the case you might need a hot-work permit.
- Key point: A hot-work permit allows you to carry out tasks that could start a fire
11. A hot-work permit will tell you many things but one thing it will not tell you is where to find your local fire station.
- Key point: A hot-work permit does not tell you where your nearest fire station is located
12. If you’re carrying out a job which requires a hot-work permit you will need to ensure you have an appropriate fire extinguisher to hand and you will need to ensure you check for signs of a fire after you’ve completed your task.
- Key point: Ensure you have an appropriate fire extinguisher to hand and always check for signs of fire after working
13. There are many jobs that will require you to have a hot-work permit. For example, if you have to use an angle grinder to cut steel or if you have to do soldering work on a pipe – these will likely require a hot-work permit.
- Key point: Using an angle grinder to cut steel or soldering pipework will likely require you to have a hot-work permit
|Fire Extinguishers: when you go to take your CSCS test you will be expected to know the different types of fire extinguishers, their colours and types of materials they can be used on.|
|Types of Fire Extinguishers||Fire Extinguisher Colours||Can be used on:|
|Water||Red||Wood, paper, plastic, cardboard, textiles|
|Carbon Dioxide||Black||Flammable liquids such as petrol and paint, electrical fires|
|Foam||Cream||Wood, paper, plastic, cardboard, textiles, flammable liquids such petrol and paint|
|Dry Powder||Blue||Organic materials, flammable liquids, flammable gases, electrical equipment|
|Wet Chemical||Yellow||Cooking oil/Fat fires, wood, paper, plastic, cardboard, textiles|