Fires in timber framed buildings generally develop very rapidly and lead to early structural collapse. The severity of the heat generated can cause the fire to spread to neighbouring buildings up to 30 metres away. Poor workmanship in areas such as cavity barriers, fire stopping or finish quality within a completed timber frame building can increase the risk of a fire spreading.
All companies involved in timber frame construction should follow:
- guidance contained within HSG 168, Safety in Construction Work
- UK Timber Frame Association's (UKTFA) Site Safe guidance.
In addition, any company constructing large timber framed buildings should follow the UKTFA Site Safe procedure to register buildings under construction with their fire authority.