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The average annual structure fire damage for homes and businesses in Canada is approximately $14.3 billion, with many of these incidents resulting in a complete loss. While cooking fires account for approximately half of all fires, other leading causes include heating and electrical malfunctions. More than 90% of these fires may have been prevented with adequate protection in place. At Optimum Security, we offer fire watch security for fire departments, commercial enterprises, construction sites, restoration companies and remote work sites.

Property owners have a legal and a moral obligation to ensure all residents and workers receive adequate protection in the event of a fire. While smoke detectors and sprinklers play a vital role in fire protection, they aren’t always enough. A trained fire watch guard adds an extra layer of protection by spotting potential hazards and early signs of fire and by responding quickly in the event of an emergency.

What is Fire Watch Security?

Fire watch is a specialized type of security that helps reduce the risk of fires and ensures the safety of a property or facility. Typically provided on foot, this type of security involves assigning trained personnel to patrol an area periodically. Fire watch saves businesses time and money by preventing fires from occurring, which eliminates loss of property and downtime.

Most fire codes and insurance policies typically require fire watch for the following:

  • All multi-residential and commercial buildings undergoing fire system repairs
  • When fire and electrical systems are unserviceable or disabled due to damage
  • During construction or restoration projects where “hot work” is performed

Duties of a Fire Watch Guard

Fire watch security is a preventative security service most often used in buildings where fire alarms and protection systems are down due to damage or temporarily unavailable due to ongoing maintenance or repairs. They may also be an option in older buildings where the current fire protection system isn't adequate or up to code. Some of the duties of a fire watch security guard include:

Conducting regular patrols

Security officers must be familiar with the premises. Patrols occur at least once per hour during any given 24-hour period until the restoration of the fire protection system.

Monitoring fire detection systems

Security personnel monitor all operational fire alarms, smoke detectors and other equipment to ensure adequate operation.

Ensuring compliance with fire safety regulations

Fire watch security makes sure the property remains in compliance with all relevant fire safety codes and regulations, including maintaining clear exists, proper storage of flammable materials and adequate fire extinguisher placement.

Checking the integrity of access and exit points

The security officer makes sure all access and exit points are secure.

Creating evacuation procedures

Ensures all occupants within a facility know how to quickly exit the premises quickly and safely.

Reporting fire safety concerns

The security officer maintains detailed logs of each patrol, including identified hazards, the actions taken and notes on anyincidents.

Sites that Benefit from Fire Watch Security Guards

All properties have some risk of fire damage. By choosing fire watch services, you help reduce your insurance premiums and increase the safety and well-being of all occupants. Some of the most common sites we recommend fire watch security include:

  • Office buildings
  • Construction sites
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Schools and educational institutions
  • Manufacturing and industrial sites
  • Shopping and retail facilities
  • Warehouses
  • Concert and exhibition facilities

For more information on fire watch security or to discuss your options, contact us at Optimum Security today to speak to one of our professionals. We’re here to help protect your property.

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Our building fire panel went down suddenly, and the repair took several weeks to complete. We hired Optimum because of their experience with vulnerable folks in the DTES. Every firewatch guard I met was calm, friendly and with a professional, courteous demeanour, which is exactly what we asked for, and what was best for this building. Every person in the office I dealt with was helpful, reasonable and professional. This should not be that unusual to find in companies, but it is. Really happy we decided on Optimum for this project.

Mandy Yeomans Optimum Security Vancouver
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Great service. Professional and always answered when we called.

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I first had an issue with this company, but the owner of the company called me and had a nice conversation. The misunderstanding was cleared. I am happy with this company and would like to award them five stars.

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Great company to deal with, extremely fast service (35) minutes, on a last minute call out. Received follow up from them to confirm all was ok, great communication, very friendly staff, could not do enough to help you out. Will definitely use again if needed.

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