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Posted by on October 5, 2020

A Fire Watch is corporal scrutiny conducted when a building’s Fire Alarm, Sprinkler are over-involved or momentarily out of service. Fire Watch Guards are required to repeatedly patrol the facility or site for evidence of smoke, fire, or any abnormal conditions. In this paper, the two questions “When” and “How” the procedures of the fire watch security procedures are being conducted are being focused on. Usually responsible and highly able-bodied individuals are being selected to conduct the fire watches. Fire is highly risky to handle, one cannot make a joke about it or with it. So, a good educated and a person who follows the rules should be recruited in this service. 

When and how to conduct a fire watch? 

It is significant to take the instance to correctly organize a fire watch.  The fire watch should methodically cover the building frequently. Usually, the guards cover the whole building or location every hour. The only exclusion is in the cases of hot work and then only the part of the building out to the hazard would need to be watched. Part of it being organized is keeping proceedings of the fire watch stirring. Fire watch enforcement and rules differ among metropolises and enforcing officials. But overall, for the system outages, something is going to be needed. 

The other alternative is to evacuate the building during an outage, but that is hardly ever an accepted choice.  But yes, if the fire shepherd requires a fire watch the watch guards have to do it. There are several reasons for the requirement of the fire watch. The building’s fire alarm, fire sprinkler, or the fire restraint system is out of order or an outage is preplanned for a period to exceed four hours. This can be one of the reasons. Secondly, hot work is taking place in the building. Hot work includes welding, using a torch, or other spark and flame producing work. Many building fires have been ignited by activities considered hot work in many areas. The dense crowds in a building require extra precautions. Some public assembly buildings are required to demeanor fire watches during events for extra crowd protection. Other than all these the other reason for the need of the fire watch guard is at the time of demolition of a building. During which certain dangerous actions similar to hot work goes on.

 A fire watch termination usually depends on the cause of the watch. For the structural outages, the watch can be over after the overstated system is restored to service. But for hot work and construction-related fire watches the rule of thumb is, the watch can be completed in a half-hour after the hot work is finished. The watches that are required during huge crowd events the watch can be ceased after the event has finished and the crowd has left. The Fire Watch Guards shall continuously demeanor rounds by walking through the entire building or affected area. This is being done to look for evidence of smoke, fire, or other irregular conditions. An exact route should be laid out to make sure the entire Fire Watch Area is roofed. The individual who is being selected shall know the location of Alarm Pull Stations and Fire Extinguishers on the site.

A fire watch consists of some qualified persons performing these watch functions such as preventing fire ignition source then keeping meticulous watch for fires and promptly re-mediating hazards that are found. Despite these variability’s they also remain ever ready to extinguish any fires using a portable fire extinguisher or hose and prepared to contact the fire department with giving warning to the occupants of any hazardous conditions requiring evacuation


The ability to gain access to all areas of the building under the fire watch and able to be familiar with signs of fire or other hazards that could cause injury by known evacuation routes are some of the working behavior of fire watch guards. The above article has quite efficiently given knowledge about when and how the procedures of fire watch are required around a certain building and locality. 



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