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If you own or manage a business, a fire alarm system is a necessary component for the safety of the property as well as its visitors. When an alarm system is not in place or is inoperable, the fire marshal may require you to retain the services of a fire watch service or face being shut down.  


Fire watch services are safety functions performed by specially trained security officers. Services typically include:

  • Patrolling – Perform patrols at regular intervals during shifts that cover the facility 24/7 and throughout the year.

  • Identifying hazards – Look for conditions that increase fire risk so that they can be addressed before a problem arises.

  • Keeping logs – Keep thorough records of patrols and any information relevant to fire risk, such as any hazards encountered. Logs are often required by the authorities and by insurance companies.

  • Checking equipment – A fire watch officer may be retained when the fire monitoring system is not fully functional, but a trained fire watch guard can check on the condition and functionality of the alarms and fire suppression equipment that is available on-site.

  • Contacting the fire department – If a fire does break out, the fire watch guard will contact the fire department and provide all relevant information. 

Though fire watch guards are not in the business of actually putting out a fire, they will help minimize damage in the event a fire does break out
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