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Fire/Smoke Damper Test

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on Sep 11, 2020 1:00:21 AM

Q: Does CMS and the accreditation organizations require fire/smoke damper testing every four years in a hospital with mixed occupancy? If my hospital penthouse is business and the rest of the building is healthcare, am I required to test dampers every four years for the entire building?

A: No. NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 are very clear: hospitals are permitted to test their dampers every 6 years. All other facilities are required to test dampers every 4 years. This is one of those rare moments when the deciding factor is not determined by the occupancy classification of your facility, but rather by the type of business in the facility. Your entire hospital, including business occupancy areas, are permitted to test/inspect dampers every 6 years.

Topics:Testing (Facilities Management)Fire/Smoke Dampers

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