A fire watch is implemented to ensure the fire-safety of a building or area in the event of any act, e.g., hot work, or situation instigating an increased risk to persons or property. The term "Fire Watch" is used to describe a dedicated person or persons whose responsibility is to look for fires within an established area.
Please utilize the Fire Watch Documentation Form.
Requirements for fire watch personnel
- Fire watch personnel must be familiar with facilities and procedures for sounding an alarm in the event of a fire.
- Fire watch personnel must be briefed and understand specifically why the fire watch is being conducted.
- Fire watch personnel are to have fire extinguishing equipment readily available and be trained in its use.
- The quantity of fire watch personnel must be adequate for the square footage of the fire watch area covered.
- Do not leave your post until relieved by another trained fire watch personnel.
Checklist for performing a fire watch
- No unusual smells
- No smoke in the area
- No unauthorized personnel in the area
- Ensure available fire detection and suppression systems are available and not tampered with.
- Walk the entire fire watch area a minimum of once an hour while performing a fire watch.