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Fire systems are designed to ensure the safety of occupants. When the system is not working properly, as a temporary measure, a fire watch is put into place to allow for the building to remain in use and occupants safe, while the system is down.
A fire watch is a person assigned to observe an area to ensure there are no hazards or fire, while the fire system is down.
- Submit the Fire Watch Requirements form one day prior in the case of intentional impairment, or as soon as possible for unintentional impairments. This form can be submitted in person at City Hall or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once the fire system is online and the watch has concluded, the completed Fire Watch Log should be emailed or delivered to close out the incident.
-Spot checks can be done by fire officials to ensure the fire watch is being conducted in accordance with procedure set forth.
A designated person whose only purpose is to perform constant patrols of the affected area to detect and notify the fire department of fire hazards. Fire watch cannot be done by someone performing any other functions. Many businesses choose to contract with a security agency to perform the functions of a fire watch.
- A fire watch is required when a fire system is out of service. Examples are emergency phone line outages causing lack of monitoring communications, when systems are intentionally impaired or taken offline for construction work or when plumbing work calls for the need to drain sprinkler lines.
- During hot work activities, including 30 minutes after the conclusion of the work unless the hot work area has no fire hazards or combustible exposure. There are additional requirements related to hot works as defined by the International Fire Code, please contact the Fire Marshal’s office.
-During demolition of a building or building construction during working hours that is hazardous in nature.
- Some gatherings may require a fire watch due to the nature of the activity. Examples include bonfires, pyrotechnic displays and gatherings of such size or limited access that impairs the firefighters’ abilities.
Follow the steps for the fire watch as soon as possible.