Locating potential hazards during a fire watch

The 2011 edition of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, annex A.15.5.2(4)(b), states a fire watch should consist of trained personnel who continuously patrol the area. Those assigned to perform fire watch should be specifically checking, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Potential fire ignition sources, including frayed electrical wires and improperly stored flammables.
  • Fire extinguishers must be in their proper locations, undamaged, unobstructed, visible, fully charged and operational, and bands that secure the pin shall be intact.
  • Trash, garbage and excess combustible materials.
  • Exits, stairwells and corridors must be clear of any obstructions that would impede emergency movement.

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