Before welding, brazing, cutting, grinding, soldering or other hot work is begun, a hot work permit must be issued by the Fire Prevention Officer.
EXCEPTION: Work that is conducted under a new-construction permit issued by a City of Orange building official. (Permitted remodels and renovations of existing, occupied buildings still require a hot work permit from the Fire Prevention Officer.)
Unless deemed an emergency repair, all hot work permits must be obtained two work days prior to work being started. At the discretion of the Fire Prevention Officer, the permit shall be issued either daily or for the duration of the project.
Before a hot work permit is issued, the Fire Prevention Officer will inspect the work location and note any special precautions. Once approved, a hot work warning must be posted at entrances to the building and/or adjacent areas.
The individual performing the hot work shall
- Remove all combustibles within 35 feet of the hot work area.
- Provide fire-resistant tarps or curtains if combustibles cannot be removed.
- Protect openings in walls, floors, ducts, and shafts.
- Provide a 2A, 20-BC-rated fire extinguisher and locate it within easy reach.
- Inspect the hot work equipment prior to each use. Damaged, leaking or worn hoses shall not be used.
- Secure all cylinders and return valve protection caps when cylinders are not in use and connected with gauges.
Please review the University's Hot Work Program for more details pertaining to permit and fire watch requirements