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Providing Fire Watch Services – What You Should Know

What is Fire Watch Services ? A Fire Watch Service is an integrated system that is implemented on commercial and residential buildings. Fire Watch Services is highly-trained personnel who are specifically trained to identify any potential fire hazard and prevent fires from happening. Fire Watch Services consists of assessing the fire risks on a property, collecting data related to fire prevention, checking for current fire equipment, functioning, and maintenance, and reporting on any improvements needed to reduce fire risks. Some of the services that you may choose from include installing fire detectors, maintaining fire alarms, inspecting gas and electricity lines, fire doors, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire doors, thermal imaging equipment, and more. These services are essential for property owners and managers, apartment dwellers, commercial real estate tenants, business owners, home owners, and government agencies and organizations.

What is the purpose of fire watch services? The purpose of fire watch services is to identify, monitor, assess, reduce, or control risks associated with fire hazards by providing early warning services. If a property owner, manager, or tenant does not have an effective fire prevention program in place, then they are not able to identify the occurrence of a fire hazard, evaluate the risk of a fire, or take necessary actions to mitigate the hazard before it becomes a major threat. They can help to prevent severe damage and loss to people, properties, or infrastructure due to fire.
Why do I need a fire watch service? A large percentage of fatal fires in the United States are caused by electrical fires, which are often started by cigarettes and other tobacco products. This type of fire is a leading cause of accidental death and injuries. Fire protection is an essential component of an effective fire safety plan. Fire watch services provide security services by providing security personnel at the premises of the property or in the vicinity.
Who should be part of a fire watch service? Anyone who is involved in the management of a commercial facility – including managers, maintenance workers, or tenant/ landlord staff – should be included on a list of personnel responsible for fire watch services. Those who regularly enter into or operate buildings containing flammable materials, or who are responsible for inspection of flammable materials in the workplace should also be on this list. It is also a good idea to include in this list those people who use or handle flammable materials in the course of their daily duties.
What do I need to do to be included on a fire watch service? To be properly included on a provider’s fire watch service list, individuals will need to: be 18 years or older; be a resident of the United States; be a legal representative of a business that uses hazardous chemicals or flammables on a regular basis; be employed in the management of a building that contains one or more dangerous chemicals or flammables. What are some of the other information I need to provide to my potential provider? You will need to provide: your full name; your phone number; your address; a work phone number if you use one; your email address; and a copy of your driver’s license or other acceptable identification card. Do not sign your name unless you understand what is expected. You will also need to agree to observe any fire drills that your provider has established as part of your contract.
Are there any specific laws or rules that I need to follow? You should always follow all the laws and rules in your state and local area in terms of providing fire watch services. While this may mean that you are unable to give personal attention to some of the duties that you would normally perform during a building fire, it will also mean that you will be more aware of what is going on and be able to respond more quickly. This can only be good for those of us who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of others while they are in the building.