Fire systems such as fire alarms and sprinklers are designed to ensure the safety of occupants. When a system is not working properly, as a temporary measure, the Fire Marshal may allow a fire watch. This is to allow for the building to remain in use and occupants safe, while the system is down.
As fire systems are such a vital feature for life safety, and a failure to perform fire watch is a fire code violation, there is a daily fine of $405 in cases where the watch is not conducted correctly or concluded prior to Fire Marshal approval. Please be advised that only the Fire Marshal can cancel a fire watch.