Fire Watch Procedures

What is Fire Watch?

Fire watch may be required in public buildings or businesses by the Fire Marshal’s Office or Waxhaw Fire Department under certain circumstances. These circumstances may include but are not limited to the building’s fire or life safety system being out of service or not functioning correctly.

Fire watch as defined in the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code 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 occupants and the fire department.

 Requirements for a Fire Watch:

  • Building personnel must notify the Fire Marshal’s Office at 704-843-2195 and the Union County Communications Center at 704-289-1591 at the start of the Fire Watch.
  • Building personnel will enter the date, time and names of persons spoken with on the Fire Watch Checklist and Patrol Log provided by the Fire Marshal.
  • Each effected floor must be patrolled twice hourly during the fire watch period and patrols documented on the fire watch checklist. In the event the entire system is taken offline, all floors and areas of the building must be patrolled twice hourly.
  • When the system is restored, complete the Fire Watch Checklist, ensuring all system functions are restored.
  • Personnel must notify the Fire Marshal’s Office at 704-843-2195 ext. 298 and the Union County Communications Center at 704-289-1591 at the completion of Fire Watch.
  • The Fire Watch Checklist and Patrol Log must be maintained and available for inspection on the premises for which the fire watch is authorized.

Fire Watch is only designed to be temporary and arrangements must be made to place the life safety system back in service in a reasonable amount of time. When life safety system is placed back in service personnel must notify the Town of Waxhaw Fire Marshal’s Office for the approval to discontinue Fire Watch.