Fire Watch

FIRE WATCH DURING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION IN PHILADELPHIA, PA

FIRE WATCH DURING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION IN PHILADELPHIA, PA

Buildings under construction are vulnerable to fire and generally unprotected. Building protection systems have not been installed, sites are not secure, and ignition sources are common. Fires on construction sites pose an immediate threat to the surrounding community and may have long-term economic and environmental impacts.
Chapter 33 of the Philadelphia Fire Code provides provisions for fire safety during construction and demolition activity, including Fire Watch requirements, to reduce the risk of fire and associated losses.
Philadelphia Code Bulletin F-2001 Fire Watch During Construction outlines the specific requirements for Fire Watch during construction and demolition.

FIRE WATCH

Mil-Spec Safety & Security will provide guards trained by SGM in fire watch in accordance with Code Bulletin F-2001. Specific guard duties will include:
 

  • Patrol the building monitoring for any signs of smoke, fire or some other abnormal condition.
  • Notify the fire department and building occupants of an emergency.
  • Prevent fires from occurring by taking prompt action to remove the fire hazards.
  • Protect the public from fire or safety dangers

All Mil-Spec Safety & Security personnel are tracked by GuardSo to know their location for the entire shift. The guard will perform constant patrols and watch for the occurrences of fire. An electronic record of all time periods of duty, including the log entry each time the site was patrolled, and each time a structure was entered and inspected. The records will be made available each morning in the form of an email to construction supervisors. Archived reports are also available for building inspector or fire code official upon request.

PHILADELPHIA L+I ISSUES CODE BULLETIN FOR FIRE WATCH


Issued on September 1, 2020, by L+I and PFD, Code Bulletin F-2001 outlines specific requirements for Fire Watch during construction and demolition activity.