What is Fire Watch?
Fire Watch is a service where a trained professional patrols buildings and properties to identify fire hazards. They inspect and prevent fires by performing regular rounds and patrols. A fire watch professional can provide guidance to businesses who may have issues with their current fire systems. Fire watch professionals are trained to alert the fire department and building occupants in the event of fire. Their objective is to prevent a fire from starting and to extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so.
What are fire watch duties?
- The fire watch professional should be familiar with the building or property and its procedures for sounding an alarm to occupants of a fire. They will also alert the fire service in the event of a fire.
- The person must regularly tour the entire building. They are to check exit doors, access doors, and corridors periodically for proper operation and obstructions. Additionally, they must immediately log each patrol into their fire watch log.
- A fire watch professional will have readily available fire extinguishing equipment and be trained in its use
- If fire or smoke conditions are discovered, they will alert all building occupants by sounding an alarm
- Once a fire breaks out, the fire watch professional will notify fire authorities in the event of a fire
- The fire watch professional will await emergency response once the building or property is evacuated. They’re trained to not allow anyone to re-enter the building until it is deemed safe to do so.
- When the fire protection system is restored, the fire watch professional must call the monitoring station and advise them to put the system back online.