Fire Damper Testing

Disintegrated blades? Dust-filled components? Sealed with dirt and debris? Disjointed fusible links? Rusted springs? Broken cassettes? Incorrect installation?

Witnessing these flaws and any functioning issue in fire dampers is a serious matter that calls for the facility managers or building owners attention. If neglected, businesses could find themselves paying hefty fines and in the case of fatalities, possible criminal prosecution, for violating the laws and regulations. It is the building managers responsibility to ensure that life safety issues like fire damper testing are compliant.

British Standard 9999:2017 clearly states that all fire dampers should be maintained and tested by an expert at regular intervals, which shouldn't exceed the a period of 12 months.

Fire damper testing is a legal compliance. Why?

Because they are crucial apparatus for fireproofing the building to prevent the spread of fire inside the ductwork. They are used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts. They respond to high temperatures and shut themselves to resist the flames and provide a fire break through ductwork or ventilation systems.

Any kind of fire damper testing should also incorporate smoke damper testing. Why?

Because inspecting smoke dampers is as important as examining fire dampers. They rely on smoke detectors for activation. Therefore, if not tested annually, faulty smoke dampers can cause a catastrophic spread of smoke, the inhalation of which is dangerous to health.

Fire damper testing reports must be compliant too. Why?

To prove that each damper has been tested to standard an individual photographic report together with a cleanliness survey and exact location must be produced. Where dampers fail or are not accessible, reports should be clear as to why denoting any remedial action required. System Hygienics offer real-time reporting, certification and asset register to ensure a building's compliance.

Any kind of fire and smoke testing should also incorporate fire damper surveys. Why?

Because it is "the" key to ensuring all fire and smoke dampers in your facility are tested and reset according to the legislation.

Any kind of fire damper survey should be done by a competent team like the ones we have at System Hygienics? Why?

Because the technicians at System Hygienics can guide you through these important questions. How many fire dampers are there in the building? How many should be installed? Where? Do you know how clean your duct and damper should be to pass the inspection?

Safe working and "visiting" environment is an inherent right everyone should have access to. Our trusted specialists make sure to eliminate all the risks and errors with the fire and smoke dampers. System Hygienics offer a ‘total solution’ here too.

Why should you use System Hygienics Fire Damper Testing service?

Here at System Hygienics, we are the first ever company to become IFSM (The Institute of Fire Safety Managers) certified. Meaning all of our engineers can be considered to be truly competent when it comes to carrying out Fire Damper Testing, something which is required every 12 months by British Standard 9999:2017.

For more information of the specific considerations when testing and maintaining fire and smoke dampers please view this pdf.

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