Why maintain a fire/smoke damper system?
The most common identified cause of death from a fire incident within a building is being overcome by smoke or gas. The fire and rescue services state that during 2007, 44% of all fire related deaths were due to smoke inhalation with a further 20% of deaths being attributed to both smoke inhalation and burns. Having a fully maintained fire/smoke damper system can help ensure against smoke inhalation injuries in the event of a fire and will help prevent fire spreading around a building.
The nature of fire/smoke dampers and their control systems means they are usually obscured from view or difficult to access and therefore, do not get the same attention as other safety features such as fire extinguishers. This means dampers are often overlooked during service regimes of other life saving fire safety equipment. If the fire/smoke damper system is not regularly inspected, the reliability of the system is unknown and could fail when it is most needed.
Regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005 (RRO)
With the change to law in 2006, the regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005 places responsibility on an individual to carry out effective risk assessment to ensure minimum levels of fire safety are maintained. This means all fire safety systems within a building need regular inspection to ensure they work satisfactory.
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), Previously, under BS:9999 2008, fire dampers were categorised according to their type; a small number needed to be tested every two years. Now ALL fire dampers must be tested and cleaned annually.
To comply with the regulatory reform (fire safety)order 2005, Disys recommend regular maintenance checks of dampers and their control systems by Disys Technologies fully trained engineer.
Disys Technologies recommend that one of their engineers checks and certifies the operation of the damper control system at least once a year.
Disys Technologies are happy to tailor a maintenance package to your requirements. Our most popular package is the full maintenance package complete with annual or bi-annual certification depending on building usage. Disys Technologies can fulfill a variety of maintenance contracts on their own damper systems and those using Kentec control panels, please contact Disys Technologies for more information on your maintenance and service requirements.
Due to limited supplies of spares, Disys Technologies can only provide support and maintenance for Microlec Systems and Classic Controls International equipment to holders of current maintenance contracts.