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View Poll Results: Which of the following fire prevention measures have you implemented in your shed

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  • Nothing - I haven't even really thought about it.

    3 5.08%
  • I have though about implementing some of these measures but have yet to do so

    3 5.08%
  • A Fire plan (this means you have thought about the what, when, where and how)

    12 20.34%
  • Provision of adequate escape routes from work areas

    29 49.15%
  • Shed construction and fit out to suit activities (i.e. all metal bench for welding)

    18 30.51%
  • Regular clean ups and removal of sawdust and flammables

    43 72.88%
  • Smoke or other suitable fire detectors

    8 13.56%
  • Suitably located fire blanket (i.e. not in a drawer under some stuff)

    17 28.81%
  • Suitably located and appropriate fire extinguisher

    49 83.05%
  • Flammable liquids located in steel cupboards

    11 18.64%
  • Adequate ventilation of flammable gasses

    22 37.29%
  • Direct line to Fire Brigade

    2 3.39%
  • Other - please specify in a follow up post

    1 1.69%
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    Default Fire safety in sheds

    During my visits to sheds to assess dust extraction systems I noticed many interesting things about sheds
    Some sheds were kept clean and it was obvious that fire risk was something that had been seriously considered by the owner/operator
    OTOH some sheds were serious fire risks and I often did not see anything that would suggest that fire risk had been even thought about.

    Anyway I'm not suggesting we need to be doing all of the things mentioned on the list but given the season I thought I would set up this poll as a shed fire awareness exercise and if it helps prompt someone to do something about their situation then that makes it a worthwhile exercise.

    So the poll is: Which of the following fire safety measures have you implemented in your shed?
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    However, as I have no way of specifically locking these out, so if you check the first OR second response you should not check any of the others

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    Thanks for the responses so far.
    Please feel free to add any other categories I may have missed out to the list via a post.
    Hopefully it will be of use to some folks.

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    Thanks to all who are responding to this poll

    I see we are doing well on fire extinguishers, cleanups, and ready access to escape routes.

    One thing that concerns me about these polls is that they tend to draw in those that are already "converted" to an issue, maybe because they feel they can tick many response boxes?

    I have deliberately left the responses anonymous so no one need feel like they are behind the 8 ball on this.

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    Thanks again to all who responded.

    35 members have visited this thread but less than half responded - I wonder why that could be?

    Maybe the topic is not "hot enough"?

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    Bob I read the post only to see what it was all about as you advocated the abolishment of the polls, and wondered why you changed your mind.

    For the record I don't participate in polls as the only polls I participate in are the official elections, be it local, state or federal.

    Peter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturdee View Post
    Bob I read the post only to see what it was all about as you advocated the abolishment of the polls, and wondered why you changed your mind.
    For the record I don't participate in polls as the only polls I participate in are the official elections, be it local, state or federal.
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    Thanks Peter.

    Maybe I wasn't clear enough but what I was referring in that thread to was not the "abolishment of the polls" but whether we really needed a poll only forum, particularly since no one seems to be using use it.
    I think poll type threads would be more useful if they were embedded within the relevant forum, for instance this one would sit far better and also be far more visible if it was in the Safety forum than in this forum.

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    Default separate metalwork and wood work activities

    Keep a separate bin for metal rubbish vs wood/paper/general rubbish

    Separate work areas for wood and metal

    I remember in his woodturning tutorial video Kieth Rowley said words to the effect that his insurance policy prohibited him from having hot metal in his woodworking shed - I cant remember the exact quote.

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    Default I lied.

    Hi,
    Although my fire extinguisher is AB:E, size wise it is as adequate as my 1Hp dusty with 4 " ducts.
    I have had a couple of looks at this post before voting and will pop in from time to time to see how it going and as I assume others have/will do the same so you will have to devise a diversity factor to compare voters to those that chickened out.

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    Thanks for the suggestions Bill.

    Quote Originally Posted by steamingbill View Post
    Keep a separate bin for metal rubbish vs wood/paper/general rubbish
    Unless you are referring to have somewhere to put pieces of hot waste metal I'm not sure what this means in regards fire.?
    I reckon the best place for something like hot piece of waste metal is maybe in something like a bucket or container of water.

    There is also the need for some place to air out oily rags rather than dumping them straight into a bin. Usually I hang these up outside so they are not all scrunched up and can get plenty of air.

    Separate work areas for wood and metal
    Good point but I was hoping "Shed construction and fit out to suit activities (i.e. all metal bench for welding)" would cover this aspect


    I remember in his woodturning tutorial video Kieth Rowley said words to the effect that his insurance policy prohibited him from having hot metal in his woodworking shed - I cant remember the exact quote.
    Bill
    Interesting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Duke View Post
    Hi, Although my fire extinguisher is AB:E, size wise it is as adequate as my 1Hp dusty with 4 ' ducts.
    Good point, size, suitability (and location) of fire extinguishers are important.
    I have a 1kg FE near the back door and a 2.3 kg FE and fire blanket located by the front door of my shed (OTOH I do have a 20+kW mains gas powered forge that that needs special precautions)
    Fire blankets are cheap but they can save a lot of mess when fires are small.
    I had a discussion with a fire inspector at work about the location of fire extinguishers - I wanted ours to be near the likely source of fires in the labs whereas regs required at least one to be near the entrance doors - and if we really thought it necessary another one near a likely fire location. If you only have one it should be near the door.

    I have had a couple of looks at this post before voting and will pop in from time to time to see how it going and as I assume others have/will do the same so you will have to devise a diversity factor to compare voters to those that chickened out.
    Thanks for voting.

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    Hi Bob,

    You might consider a chemical safety survey as well. We use a lot of toxins as woodworkers. In talking to others the opinion often seems to be "Well, if it's sold at retail it must be safe." Given that many of the products we as woodworkers use contain acrylates, iso/thio cyanates, ketones (MEK), bisphenols, formalin/formaldehyde, urethane, epoxides, aromatics hydrocarbons, and so on it may be useful to discuss appropriate PPE that should be used as well as particular hazards unique to various classes of products. It seems that the pen turners are using lots of these things.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob streeper View Post
    Hi Bob,

    You might consider a chemical safety survey as well. We use a lot of toxins as woodworkers. In talking to others the opinion often seems to be "Well, if it's sold at retail it must be safe." Given that many of the products we as woodworkers use contain acrylates, iso/thio cyanates, ketones (MEK), bisphenols, formalin/formaldehyde, urethane, epoxides, aromatics hydrocarbons, and so on it may be useful to discuss appropriate PPE that should be used as well as particular hazards unique to various classes of products. It seems that the pen turners are using lots of these things.
    Good point.

    Any awareness raising can be useful but I'll leave that to some else to have a crack at

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    There is also the need for some place to air out oily rags rather than dumping them straight into a bin. Usually I hang these up outside so they are not all scrunched up and can get plenty of ai.
    This is what I am most paranoid about!

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    Thanks to all that responded to this poll.
    I see we continue to do well on fire extinguishers (86%), cleanups (74%), but not so well on the remainder.
    During my visits of sheds to perform dust measurements I did see mostly clean to very clean sheds - no doubt influenced by they fact that I'm coming around with a dust meter!! but I did not see anywhere near that level of fire extinguishers.
    It would be interesting to see the shed that has the direct line to the fire brigade.

    As I said in an earlier post, one issue with these polls is they tend to "preach to the converted", nevertheless I think it is worthwhile.

    The poll is open indefinitely in case anyone else wants to add their responses.

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    I had my bro rewire my shed to get rid of the old fabric covered wires and to remove the chance of a dry joint and sawdust setting the place ablaze. Once a year vac the top of the 40ft Oregon beams to get rid of the dust buildup.
    I also have a master switch that kills all power and use it when I vacate the premises at night.
    There are 3 or 4 red pps that are live on the wall for the phone,clock and battery charging.
    I am also careful re using extraction when sanding ferris stuff on the disc.
    Bucket of water under the dripping tap and a bucket of sand near the welding/grinding area.
    Wood and metal areas separate.
    Paint cupboard external.
    When I get to it mount a firehouse external and mark on the door where the oxy/acetylene etc is located inside for the firey's if they should ever need to visit when I'm not here.
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