Section 3504 Fire Safety Requirements
A fire watch shall be provided during hot work activities and shall continue for not less than 30 minutes after the conclusion of the work. The fire code official, or the responsible manager under a hot work program, is authorized to extend the fire watch based on the hazards or work being performed.
Exception: Where the hot work area has no fire hazards or combustible exposures.
A pre-hot-work check shall be conducted prior to work to ensure that all equipment is safe and hazards are recognized and protected. A report of the check shall be kept at the work site during the work and available upon request. The pre-hot-work check shall determine all of the following:
- Hot work equipment to be used shall be in satisfactory operating condition and in good repair.
- Hot work site is clear of combustibles or combustibles are protected.
- Exposed construction is of noncombustible materials or, if combustible, then protected.
- Openings are protected.
- Floors are kept clean.
- Exposed combustibles are not located on the opposite side of partitions, walls, ceilings or floors.
- Fire watches, where required, are assigned.
- Approved actions have been taken to prevent accidental activation of suppression and detection equipment in accordance with Sections 3504.1.8 and 3504.1.9.
- Fire extinguishers and fire hoses (where provided) are operable and available.