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Fire damper testing – pass or fail could mean life or death

By April 20, 2015Fire Dampers

Fire damper testing, an essential part of school safety, are installed completely out of sight – but definitely shouldn’t be out of mind.  Fire dampers prevent the spread of fire through the building’s ventilation system, so it is vital that they are regularly tested, in a process known as drop testing.  They must also be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis – in fact it’s a legal requirement to do this in accordance with BS 9999:2008.

Most school properties consist of classrooms and well-defined areas; this is very useful in the event of a fire, as the building is naturally compartmentalised. However, if the fire dampers fail to close to create a passive barrier for fire, that natural compartmentation is compromised and the ventilation ductwork can form the perfect passage through which fire can spread.  In some buildings, the location of the fire dampers has not been recorded, let alone their type or when they were last tested.  As, according to their type, fire dampers must be tested and cleaned every 12 months or two years, this can leave you in serious breach of the law.

Swiftclean will locate all your fire dampers and determine their type, before drop testing, cleaning and maintaining them in accordance with BS 9999:2008. We will also provide clear records so you can demonstrate that you have complied with the law; and so that you will know when next to test to stay compliant.  Not sure if you comply at the moment?  Try our compliance checker here.  Pretty sure you need our help?  Call 0800 114 3696  now and we’ll be glad to help.