In the case that a contractor’s work requires that a fire alarm system be offline for work to be completed, the contractor is responsible for a fire watch at the fire alarm panel. The fire watch involves having a qualified individual watching the fire alarm system and dialing 911 in response to any fire alarm coming into the panel. This is the contractor’s responsibility and all costs associated with this fire watch will be the responsibility of the contractor. IFC 2003 states that a fire watch is “a temporary measure intended to ensure continuous and systematic surveillance of a building or portion thereof by one or more qualified individuals for the purposes of identifying and controlling fire hazards, detecting early signs of unwanted fire, raising an alarm of fire and notifying the fire department.”.
If you have questions regarding the fire watch please contact EHS at 348-5905 for additional information regarding fire watches. Permission, procedures and documentation for this fire watch is available from EHS.