Fire Damper Inspections / Testing
Have you ever thought about what might happen if a fire broke out within your building and travelled into your ventilation system? Would the fire dampers within the ductwork system stop and prevent the spread of fire within the ventilation system?
Fire dampers are a crucial fire protective products that are used within ventilation systems to prevent the spread of fire inside the ductwork through fire resistance rated walls and floors. In the event of a rise in temperature, the fire damper closes, usually activated by a thermal element that melts at temperatures that are higher then ambient temperatures but are still low enough to establish the presence of fire.
This allows the springs associated with the damper to close the blades. Fire dampers can also close following receipt of an electrical signal that is integrated with a fire alarm system. There are also detectors that are remote from the fire damper indicating that there is heat or smoke within the occupied areas of the building or within the duct system.
Fire dampers are therefore a vitally important part of any ventilation system and need to be part of a maintenance programme to ensure that they are operating correctly. This is completed by carrying out a ‘drop test’. It is a legal requirement and a critical part of building fire safety management. It states in the BS9999 that ‘arrangements should be made for all fire dampers to be tested by a competent person on completion of installation and at regular intervals not exceeding 2 years, 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.
In a healthcare environment, additional care is required, Aqua Environmental Services also complies with the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 03-01: Specialised ventilation for healthcare premises Part B: Operational management and performance verification.
How we can help?
Aqua Environmental Services Ltd fire damper testing services includes the following;
Rapid response to site
Work carried out in accordance with relevant Guidelines and regulations
Risk Assessments and Method Statements provided are site specific as required
Identify and locate each damper
Fit access doors if required
Carry out fire damper drop test with pictures before test, during test and after test
Pictures to show before and after cleanliness of fire damper
Pictures to show internal conditions of associated ductwork
Note any damage or corrosion
Identify issues and problems and report the findings
Recommendations for future testing and inspections