When it comes to fire protection, we always set high standards. In fact, we are so good that we are an industry leader. Our teams have years of experience to draw on as well as access to the most recent technology. With the likes of our fire damper tests, we can ensure that your premises are safe.
Fire and smoke dampers have the same purpose as other types of fire safety equipment. This is to ensure the safe escape of a building’s inhabitants. Furthermore, they make access simpler for firefighters. Because of this, maintenance is essential.
Outwardly, fire and smoke dampers fill extremely similar roles. You place them in similar locales. They are both meant to prevent ducting from turning into a weak point in the fire safety system in your building. However, there are distinctions. These ultimately come down to where you put the dampers and how they function.
We will look at the fire dampers first. You find these in the ductwork at the intersection of a building zone’s fire-rated barriers. Dampers secure the compartment’s integrity. They stop fire penetration prior to the temperatures matching the fire rating level of the actual barrier. Of course, dampers like these are created to the highest standards of integrity. They are also designed to endure massive temperatures for the longest possible time.
Now we are going to move onto smoke dampers. They work similarly in order to retain the integrity of smoke barriers. This is without the strict temperature restrictions though. You will typically find them in sensitive spaces. These are where smoke penetration would lead to major challenges. Therefore, to prevent smoke leakage, you need to install them with appropriate seals.
It is a fact that the methods of operation with these dampers can be interchangeable. However, it is more common to see smoke ones linked to a control panel and motorised. As such, smoke controls and detectors have responsibility for activating the damper. Usually, you would fit fire dampers with fusible or mechanical linkages. These break when the temperature rises and result in the shutters or louvres shutting firmly.
In the end no matter what your operating system or its purpose is, the message here is a clear one. Ducting is more than capable of being a structure’s Achilles heel when there are fires. Therefore, dampers are essential to the fire strategy of a building.
Full reports with our fire damper tests
At Trident Fire Protection & Training, we perform numerous inspections and tests for our clients. This includes drop testing and more. Not to mention, we provide reports on all of our findings.
So, if you require our fire damper tests or any other kind of service, please let us know. We can help you to protect the inhabitants of your properties.