Be Safe, Be Compliant – Fire Damper Testing
‘Fire damper drop testing and maintenance not only saves lives but is also a legal requirement
Used in HVAC ducts, fire dampers within the ductwork offer fire protection to prevent the spread of fire through fire-resistant walls and floors. Should a fire occur in your building, the damper will be activated due to the rise in temperature via a thermal element or through the building Fire Protection/BMS sensors.
Testing, cleaning and maintaining fire dampers is critical in managing building fire safety.
Did you know that all fire dampers should be tested annually?
British Standard 9999:2017
So what does British Standard 9999:2017 Code of Practice for Fire Safety in the Design, Management & Use of Buildings state?
“…Arrangements should be made for all fire dampers to be tested by a competent person on completion of the installation and at least annually, and to be repaired or replaced immediately if found to be faulty. Spring-operated fire dampers should be tested annually and fire dampers situated in dust-laden and similar atmospheres should be tested much more frequently, at periods suited to the degree of pollution.
Faulty fire dampers will NOT prevent the spread of fire
Satisfy your fire safety compliance obligations…
An Airmec Fire Damper Inspection, Testing and Service Includes:
- Location & operation of fire and smoke dampers, removing and resetting the fusible link
- Opening access panels and cleaning the damper channel and damper
- Lubrication of cleaned damper bearings with light oil
- Recording dust thickness in nearby duct
- Checking latch operation, if provided, and that all moving parts are functioning correctly
- Verification that the fire damper or smoke damper operation is not obstructed
- Verification that there is no fire or smoke damper interference due to rust, bent tracks, misalignment, damaged frames or blades, or defective hinges or parts
- Check that the fusible link (if applicable) is free from damage
- Manual activation of electric and pneumatic dampers to ensure that the actuator is operable and to verify full closure of the damper