FIRE DAMPER TESTING & REPLACEMENT Are you compliant with BS9999
Air Management Solutions Ltd can provide an essential fire safety service to your fire dampers. This will comply with BS5588-9 code of practice for ventilation and air conditioning ductwork.
The British Standard 9999:2008 ‘Code of Practice for Fire Safety in the Design, Management & Use of Buildings’ defines a Fire Damper as a: “Mechanical device that is operated automatically or manually and is designed to prevent the passage of fire and, together with its frame, is capable of meeting the fire resistance criterion for integrity for a stated period of time”.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order it is a legal requirement to test fire dampers at regular intervals in accordance with fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings code of practice (BS:9999 2017), using a method known as ‘drop testing’. Previously, under BS:9999 2008, fire dampers were categorised according to their type; a small number needed to be drop tested only every two years; now all fire dampers must be drop tested and cleaned annually.
Fire dampers are crucial passive fire protection products used in ductwork systems to prevent the spread of fire inside the ductwork through fire resistant rated walls and floors. In the event of a rise in temperature the fire damper will close, usually activated by a thermal element. This melts at temperatures higher than the ambient temperature (Usually72°C) but low enough to indicate the presence of a fire, allowing springs to close the damper blades.
Dampers can also close via an electrical signal from a fire alarm system utilising automatic detectors remote from the fire damper indicating the sensing of heat or smoke in the building occupied spaces or in the ventilation duct system.
Fire dampers are open most of if not all of the time, it is vital to ensure that they will still close effectively when required. Effective fire dampers save lives, so regular fire damper testing and maintenance is not only a critical part of the building fire safety management but is a legal requirement.
Air Management Solutions Ltd have engineers that have attended specialist courses in the inspection and testing of fire and smoke control dampers in accordance with BS9999 and the Fire Safety Order 2005
All works carried out by our dedicated team are fully guaranteed and we provide free quotations.