If you are building a cabin in the bush, be aware of the fire risks in these areas, and pay attention to the risks while doing everything from using power tools to throwing away rubbish. Wondering what you need to take care of rubbish on a building site in an area prone to fire danger? Here are four items that will help to keep you safe:
1. Metal skip
Ideally, you should have a metal skip on site the entire time you are building. Don't leave piles of debris around the building site, and then hire a skip at the end of the project to dump the piles into. As the piles sit there, they risk catching fire, blowing into the surrounding bush and starting a wildfire. To prevent this, you want to be able to throw trash and debris into the skip as you generate it.
Also, be sure that you hire a metal skip. While there are small canvas skips and plastic wheelie bins, they are not right for this setting. Canvas and plastic may burn or melt in a fire, while metal will help to impede the flow of fire either into or out of the bin.
2. Fire mitigation tools
If a fire breaks out of your building site, whether it's in the rubbish or anywhere else, you need the tools to put it out quickly. If you are working on a building site in a city, you have a bit of time theoretically before the fire starts to spread to nearby structures, and in most cases, concrete disrupts that flow. In an area prone to bushfires, however, you don't have the luxury of time. You need to put out any fires that occur immediately before they jump to the surrounding bush.
To make that possible, have fire extinguishers, hoses and a water supply on hand and accessible. These tools need to be near your building site but also readily available to put out any fires that may occur in or near your skip.
3. Bins around the site
As you and anyone helping you generates waste on your building site, you may not want to walk all the way to the skip to throw it away. As a result, you may want individual bins around the building site. That makes it easier to get the waste into the bin and is especially important if you have a large building site.
4. Separate bins for combustible materials
You may also want to have a few separate bins set up for combustible materials. If you need to throw away half empty cans of paint, old bottles of stain or solvent, or anything else that may explode or ignite, you should put this waste in a separate bin. This separates them from your flammable sawdust, off-cuts of timber and other easily burnable substances. At the end of each day, take the combustible waste to a hazardous waste centre -- contact your local council to find one in your area.
Want more tips on what you need to make dealing with rubbish in fire prone areas safe? Contact a bin hire company.Share