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How To Prevent A Fire In Your Construction Trailer

Posted By 0jifdnguu On August 23, 2011 @ 9:02 am In Contractor Resources,Fire Alarms | No Comments

The construction trailer is your central command center on a job site.  It contains valuable assets and resources to get the job done.

Too often, construction trailers catch on fire due to neglect or improper fire protection.  Just take a look at the video below.

A construction trailer fire can significantly delay progress on the job.  If you want to protect your construction trailer, you need to follow the tips below.

Have A Fire Extinguisher

It’s important to keep a fire extinguisher in your construction trailer.  Make sure that your fire extinguisher is working properly.  You’ll want to check:

  • The pressure level
  • The pin and tamper seal
  • For corrosion and leaking

Try to have your fire extinguishers tested at least one a month.  This will help to ensure that it works properly.

Also be sure to place your extinguisher in an easily accessible area.  You don’t want to make it difficult to get to it.  You’ll also want to make sure that you purchase the right fire extinguisher class.

Unplug Appliances

If you have coffee makers, microwaves, hotplates, etc. make sure that they are turned off or unplugged at the end of the day.  This will help to prevent a fire. 

No Smoking

Keep smoking outside of the trailer.  It’s not worth the risk.  A fire caused by a cigarette can do serious damage to your trailer and significantly delay progress on a job.

Smoke Detectors

Just like you have a smoke detector in your home, you also need one in your construction trailer.  Be sure to test the battery at least twice a year.

Secure Your Construction Trailer After Hours

Make sure all the windows and doors on your trailer are locked.  This will protect it against vandalism as well as fires.

Sometimes people break into trailers and start fires.

In Las Vegas, homeless people were camping out in a construction trailer.  This ultimately resulted in a construction trailer fire that caused more than $5,000 in damages.

In another case, a person walked into a construction trailer at a university and started a fire.

Don’t make it easy for people to get into your trailer.  Secure your construction site as well as your trailer.

Keep It Clean

If you want to protect your trailer, you need to keep it clean and organized.  Do not store flammable fuels or materials inside your construction trailer.

In Columbia, Missouri, oily rags caused a construction trailer blaze.  This fire could have easily been avoided if the oil rags were cleaned or hung outdoors.  Instead, the fire caused more than $3,500 in heat damages.

At the end of the day, do a check to make sure nothing that can easily start a fire is in your construction trailer.

Ideally, you should test the smoke detectors in your trailer before you start a new job.

Immediately Call For Help

If a fire breaks out in your trailer, immediately call 911.  If you call the fire department early enough, it’s possible your trailer won’t be totally destroyed.

In Virginia Beach, Virginia, fire crews quickly extinguished a trailer fire in 15 minutes because they were immediately alerted.  Fire fighters were on the scene in less than 5 minutes.

Don’t try to be a hero, call 911.  A few minutes can make all the difference.


Following these tips will help you protect your construction trailer from fires.

At Hue & Cry Security Systems, we know our way around a construction site.  For years, we’ve been helping contractors with their fire and security needs.

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