Waking Watch: A Vital Fire Safety Service
The Scottish government has recently allocated funds for a Waking Watch service at a private housing development in Glasgow as a result of the discovery of defective cladding. Following the recent announcement, Ventro thought It would take a deeper look into exactly what a Waking Watch Service is, and when and why they are used.
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What Is a Waking Watch Service?
Waking watch is often an interim fire safety service that involves a trained professional standing guard during the night to ensure the safety of a building and its occupants in the event of a fire.
Why is a Waking Watch Necessary?
This service is often required when a building does not have an operational fire alarm system, unsuitable fire safety solutions or when fire doors are kept open for operational purposes. Waking watches are a crucial aspect of fire safety as they provide an extra layer of protection in the event of a fire. They ensure that any fire is detected as soon as possible, allowing the fire service to be called and evacuations to take place swiftly. This can make a huge difference in the outcome of a fire and can save lives.
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What Does a Waking Watch Involve?
A waking watch involves a trained professional standing guard in a building during the night to ensure the safety of the occupants in the event of a fire. They will conduct regular patrols of the building, checking for signs of fire, smoke or heat and making sure that fire doors are kept closed. They will also be equipped with a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket, allowing them to take immediate action if necessary.
In addition to conducting regular patrols, a waking watch professional will also have a direct line of communication with the fire service, ensuring that they can quickly alert the authorities in the event of a fire. They will also be trained to evacuate the building and assist any occupants in doing so in a safe and orderly manner.
When is a Waking Watch Required?
A waking watch is often required when a building does not have an operational fire alarm system, such as when a building is undergoing renovations or is being converted. It may also be required when fire doors are kept open for operational purposes, such as in a hotel or a care home.
Waking watches are often required by the local fire service and are an important aspect of fire safety in any building. It is important to ensure that the service is provided by a reputable and experienced company, as the safety of the building and its occupants is of the utmost importance.
A waking watch is a vital fire safety service that provides an extra layer of protection in the event of a fire. It involves a trained professional standing guard during the night, conducting regular patrols, and being equipped to take immediate action if necessary. If you require a waking watch for your building, be sure to choose a reputable and experienced company, such as Ventro, to ensure the safety of your building and its occupants.
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