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Fire Watch

A “Fire Watch” is a dedicated person or persons whose sole responsibility is to look for fires within an established area. Fire watch is required during the following events:

  • Temporary failure or shut down of fire safety equipment.
  • Where activities require the interruption of any fire detection, suppression or alarm system component
  • Where Activities increase the risk of fire such as Hot Works.

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Be familiar with the building and procedures for sounding an alarm in the event of a fire.
  • Watch out for fire hazards in the workplace while work is performed by other employees.
  • Maintain the conditions and requirements stated on the Hot Works permit.
  • Keep flammable materials from ignition sources.
  • In the event of fire, extinguish it immediately or activate the fire alarm.
  • Call 911.
  • Stop operations if you find any hazardous condition.
  • Never leave the job site while the work is being done unless another Fire Watch can replace you.
  • When all operations are done, do not leave the worksite unless you’re sure that there are no hot sparks, burning embers and other fire hazards unless another fire watch or fire monitor is assigned.

A sufficient number of Fire Watch shall be assigned to make at least one complete patrol of the affected area every 15 minutes. Fire Watch patrols shall be recorded and made available upon request by a Fire Safety Codes Officer.

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For more information, please contact the Fire Prevention Branch at 780-792-5519 or e-mail us to Ask a Question.

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