Bulletin 232 August 2018 Building Fire Watch
- Posted at: September 25, 2021 03:09:53

Thefirecoderequiresthatbuildingsequippedwithfirealarmsystemsaretobefullyoperationalatall times. However,abuildingmanagercanbefacedwithafirealarmpanelrepairwherebythesystem mustbetemporarilydisabledforascheduledperiodoftime. Thisresultsinallthefireandsmoke sensors,manualpullstationsandaudiblesbeingoff linewhilethemaintenanceworkisbeing completed.Insuchcases,a“firewatch”istobeimplementedimmediatelytoensurethesafetyofthe buildingoccupantsshouldafireemergencyarise.Insimpleterms,afirewatchistobeimplemented intheeventoftemporaryfailureofthealarmsystemorwhereactivitiesrequiretheinterruptionofany firedetection,suppressionoralarmsystem components.Electedbuildingpersonneloracontracted securityguardactivelylooksforevidenceofsmokeandfire.Ifsmokeorfireisfound,theycontactthe cityfireservicestoinformthemoftheemergencywithinthebuilding.Forthemost part, public corridors,stairwells,serviceutilityroomsandcommonareasarepatrolled.Typically,residentialsuites are not accessed but residents are served notice thatthe fire systemsare offline

Itiscriticalfor thewatchpersonnelperformingthepatroltobeequippedwithaworkingcellular telephone,aflashlightandlistof specialneedspersonsrequiringassistance.Firewatchpersonnel aretokeepadiligentlookoutforfiresintheareasaffected, andnormallydonotperformanyother duties.Buildingsaretobepatrolledatleastonceperhourona24-hourbasisuntilthefirealarmand orfireprotectionsystemhasbeenrestoredto normaloperatingcondition.Whilethefiresystemsare offline,“hotwork”restrictionsareenforcedwhichpreventservicetradeprovidersfromperformingany workorrepairsthatgenerateheatorsparks.Additionalsignageistobepostedthroughoutthe commonareasofthebuildingindicatingthatthefireprotectionsystemistemporarilyoutoforder,and toreiteratetheemergencyevacuationprocedures.Theapprovedfiresafety plandescribesindetail the entire step-by-step implementation ofthe fire watch.

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