Fire dampers are often out of sight and out of mind. This can mean that fire damper maintenance in housing associations is sometimes missed or forgotten about. However, fire dampers are a hugely important fire safety system for a building.
A fire damper is described as a moveable closure within a duct. It is operated automatically or manually. The design of the fire damper is to prevent the passage of a fire within a building.
Fire dampers tend to be located within ventilation and air conditioning ducts. This is because they are designed to prevent the spread of fire. They do this by working inside the ductwork. The process of fire dampers forms a critical part of any passive fire strategy. This is why fire damper maintenance is so important in housing associations.
In the event of temperature rising in a building, the fire damper will close. This heat rise could be due to smoke or heat, most commonly. The heat identified within the system is often the indication of a fire present in the building. This then activates the fire damper system and helps to prevent the spread of fire throughout the building.
As per the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005, fire dampers should be inspected on an annual basis. They also need to be physically cleaned as and when required. The inspection and functional testing of a fire damper should be separately specified to meet Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 legislation.
Here at Jensen Security and Fire Safety we have a team of experienced fire damper maintenance engineers that specialise in the housing association sector. Our engineers understand the challenges, finance and time constraints that housing associations face. This is why we work hard to take away the added stress of arranging and managing a fire damper maintenance service.
Want to book a fire damper maintenance service for your housing association, call our team now. Our friendly team can help you with any questions you might have too.