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Watch a recorded webinar on Construction Fire Safety Practices. Upon successful completion of a quiz on the material, continuing education credit will be awarded.

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Construction Fire Safety Practices

This website was developed by a cooperative effort of the American Wood Council and Fireforceone. It has been assembled to improve upon fire safety in buildings under construction.

Modern fire protection has three major goals:

Life Safety Is the Top Priority

It consists of building structures that have adequate built in provisions to mitigate or control fires when they occur.

Property Protection

At the public policy level fire loss that is preventable is an economic issue. Fire losses are often reimbursed from insurance companies. These reimbursements don’t always cover the entire loss insured, i.e. lost wages, irreplaceable items, etc. also it is still in the interest of communities to reduce fire losses.

Continuity of Services

A third, and equally important goal is to assure community safety by providing a continuity of its actions to protect the community. This goal means that mitigation created by building and fire codes is intended to create intended capabilities in a community. Loss prevention assures that resources are not prematurely destroyed before they can serve the community. If a community needs a particular project to be completed and remain viable, it cannot afford to have it destroyed just as it is about to become a resource for the community.

Users of this site should also visit and review and These two sites are coordinated with this site to provide a broad range of fire safety information to building industry and fire service personnel.


The American Wood Council is the national trade association for traditional and engineered wood products, representing over 75% of the industry. AWC's engineers, technologists, scientists, and building code experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards on structural wood products for use by design professionals, building officials, and wood products manufacturers to help assure the safe and efficient design and use of wood structural components.


Fireforceone is a fire protection consulting firm located in Sacramento California. The organization is operated by Retired State Fire Marshal Ronny J. Coleman. The firm specializes in supporting training and education efforts for fire protection technologies. Their offices are located at 8866 Saint Anthony Court, Elk Grove, California, 95624. Their primary point of contact is 916-799-5363. The email address is or use the contact information found here:


The mission of this website is to provide background information to both public and private sector organizations regarding how to reduce the frequency and severity of fires during construction. This site identifies many best management practices that were collected during a literature search.


This website was developed as a cooperative effort of the American Wood Council, an industry based Stakeholders Group and Fireforceone. The original research was based on search for management practices that could be utilized to “Reduce Fires in Buildings Under Construction”. The primary target audiences are those involved in the construction of large-area, multi-family housing.

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