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Fire dampers – out of sight, but not out of mind

By March 24, 2016Fire Dampers

Fire dampers are a hidden but critical part of fire safety. This is especially true in pubs and restaurants, where ventilation ductwork can act as an easy route for fire. Fire dampers can prevent or delay the spread of fire through 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.

In the event of a fire, if the fire dampers in the ventilation ductwork fail to close, there may be no barrier to the spread of flames in a public house or restaurant. 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 a serious breach of the law. Do you know where your fire dampers are located and when they were last tested?

Swiftclean will locate all of 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 to enable you to demonstrate compliance with the law and determine when testing needs to take place next. Not sure if you comply at the moment? Try our compliance checker here. Pretty sure you need our help? Call 0800 114 3822 now and we’ll be glad to help.