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Exactly what is Fire Watch?

Fire watch consists of trained personnel monitoring an area for potential hazards such as fire, flood, smoke, faulty wiring, flammable liquids or gases, and obstructions. Typically, it is implemented when a building's fire alarm system or sprinkler system is out of service or malfunctioning, increasing the risk of a fire occurring. When a fire watch is conducted, security guards patrol the building to identify possible fire hazards. Providing occupants with information regarding fire risks and facilitating safe evacuation in case of fire is critical.

Situations fire watch is needed?

  1. When only a portion of the building is under construction for restoration or construction.

  2. When there is a downed alarm system, it is difficult to detect fire. Our security guards are the most effective alternative to respond to fires immediately.

  3. When there is a power outage, our guards provide a safe backup system so the building does not catch fire. This prevents catastrophic losses for clients.

  4. When there is flooding and storms, our guards protect the entrances and halls of commercial properties to prevent further complications.

Fire watch hazards

In the course of their fire watch duty, our security guards may be required to monitor the following types of hazards. Depending on the particular building and its operations, security guards will be responsible for monitoring specific hazards.

Fire Watch Hazards
  • Fire: Monitoring the building to ensure that no fire hazards or fire outbreaks exist.

  • Floods: The building must be secured and all electrical systems must be turned off in the event of a flood.

  • Glass hazards: Ensure that any broken glass that poses a hazard to building occupants is immediately removed.

  • Chemical hazards: Any chemical that could pose a threat to building occupants must be identified and appropriately secured.

  • Physical hazards: It is important to be aware of potential risks to building occupants, such as trip hazards and uneven flooring.

The specific hazards that security guards are responsible for monitoring will depend on the specific building and its operations.

It is the responsibility of the security guards to perform fire watch duties in order to prevent and detect fires, as well as to ensure the safety of individuals within the building. As part of a fire watch program, a security guard patrols a building, checking for signs of fire, such as smoke or flames, as well as any other potential hazards.

Check the operation of fire alarms, fire suppression systems, and fire exits to ensure that they are functioning properly. Other safety hazards may also be addressed by fire watch duties, such as monitoring for gas leaks, inspecting for hazardous materials, and ensuring that emergency exits are accessible and clear.

A security guard's primary responsibility during a fire watch is to ensure the safety and security of the building and its occupants by monitoring the premises constantly and responding to any incidents that may occur. Regular patrols, responding to alarms, and reporting any incidents to the appropriate authorities is part of this process.

Contacts for more information

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