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Fire Prevention – Liaising with Contractors

November 27th, 2014

…Liaising With Contractors (.pdf)

Following procedures and guidelines can help prevent accidental fires when contractors are carrying out work. We suggest the following precautions:

A Method Statement is required from a contractor before any work is carried out so as to reduce the increased risk of fire, particularly if there is any ‘Hot Work’ e.g.:-

  • Cutting or welding,
  • Blowlamps, blowtorches and hot air strippers,
  • Angle grinders, cutting discs and abrasive wheels,
  • Tar boilers.


All hot work should be carried out under a Hot-Work Permit Scheme to ensure that:-

  • The area is first cleared of combustible material and flooring or items that cannot be removed are covered or screened with a non-combustible material.
  • Combustible material is removed from the opposite sides of walls, partitions and other heat conducting elements in the immediate vicinity of the work.
  • Suitable fire extinguishers are available with staff trained in their use.
  • A ’watch for fire’ is maintained whilst the work is in progress.

Exciting news!

Firecall has now merged with Cheltenham company Mainpoint.

Established in 1991, Mainpoint Fire Protection Ltd are award winning specialists in the supply, installation and maintenance of fire protection equipment, fire alarms and emergency lighting to businesses, residents and the public sector. Being a local company based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire we are able to offer you a friendly and professional team of skilled staff in their particular field to provide quality workmanship, first-rate customer service and dependability gaining many prominent clients and hundreds of smaller customers.