How many hours do you wait to notify the AHJ when conducting a Fire Watch?
What is the occupancy classification of your building? What is the purpose of the fire watch? Are any specific alarm, detection, or suppression systems impaired?
Sounds like you are working on a fire watch policy. Their are codes that address out of service notifications.
In the healthcare facilities I have experience with, I would reasonably expect all fire watch notifications as soon as possible within the hour the fire protection system had been impaired, not after the fire watch was started. We had a facility that would fax us a notification form every time the protection system, or portion of, was out of service.
International Fire CodeChapter 9Fire Protection Systems
901.7 Systems out of service. Where a required fireprotection system is out of service, the fire departmentand the fire code official shall be notified immediatelyand, where required by the fire code official, the buildingshall either be evacuated or an approved fire watchshall be provided for all occupants left unprotected bythe shut down until the fire protection system has beenreturned to service. Where utilized, fire watches shallbe provided with at least one approved means for notificationof the fire department and their only duty shallbe to perform constant patrols of the protected premisesand keep watch for fires.
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