Dampers are a crucial part of compartmentation and fire control systems. However, they can remain in place for a long time without ever needing to close. As a result, how can you be confident that they will work when you need them? The solution is to do regular fire damper tests. That way, you can ensure there are no issues.
The damper tests generally have two parts. The first is a visual check to make sure everything looks right. This can help to determine if there are things like obstructions that may stop the dampers from closing entirely.
A drop test is the second part. This requires manually releasing the damper so that the curtain or shutter can fall and seal off the duct. The tester will examine the mechanism to make sure it is in good condition and works properly. The damper should close quickly to completely seal the opening and stop fire and smoke from escaping from the compartment.
Once the drop test is complete the damper needs to be reset. Some dampers have a manual release as well as a fusible link. Here is should be a simple case of resetting everything. However, if there was no manual release or the tester chose to activate the fusible link, the link will need to be replaced. This is important to make sure it will release when the temperature exceeds a specified limit.
One thing the tester may notice is that dirt or debris in the duct will prevent the damper from dropping and sealing it. If this is the case, it is vital to clean up so nothing will inhibit the damper.
Reliable fire damper tests
Trident Fire Protection & Testing has a professional team that can help every client to improve safety within their properties. We have the best credentials and a wealth of experience. More importantly, we monitor rules and regulations to make sure we get everything right.
If you want to arrange fire damper tests, you can contact us. We work in all kinds of sectors and always deliver the same excellent service. This can also include advice about how to improve fire safety and performance.