Month: April 2014

5 Tips for Fire and Smoke Damper Compliance

Fire and smoke dampers are a critical component of your active and passive fire protection system. If dampers are inoperable during a fire, this allows smoke to spread much more quickly, decreasing the chances of survival amongst building occupants. Compliant dampers protect egress routes allowing occupants more time to escape. Although damper maintenance is required Read more…

How to Deal with “Inaccessible” Smoke and Fire Dampers in Healthcare Facilities

It’s important to inspect each fire and smoke damper in your facility to keep your occupants safe and prepare for AHJ surveys. NFPA 80 & 105 require that dampers are inspected one year after installation then at least once every 4 years in commercial buildings and 6 years in hospitals. But, have you ever experienced Read more…

The Three Most Common Types of Dampers

If a fire were to occur in your facility, your HVAC systems should be designed to automatically shut down and control pressure differentials across smoke barriers. Fire, smoke and combination fire/smoke dampers play a huge role in this engineered smoke management by working to impede the spread of smoke to adjacent areas of the building. Read more…