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Testing (Facilities Management)Fire/Smoke DampersFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: NFPA 80-2010, section indicates the required testing and inspection of fire dampers to be 1-year after installation, afterwards the inspection frequency to be 4-years, except in hospitals it shall …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 16, 2020
HVACFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: We are installing a new HVAC system in the basement of the hospital. Now a building inspector is telling us we need to install fire-dampers in the ductwork that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 2, 2020
Ambulatory Care OccupancyFire/Smoke DampersFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: We are looking for some clarification on fire damper testing requirements as we recently had inspections done at our surgery center. One contractor says dampers with fusible links require …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 24, 2020
Fire/Smoke DampersSmoke DampersFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: Do the NFPA standards for fire damper testing require the testing to be performed by a certified vendor/specialist or can it be performed internally by our engineering staff? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 8, 2020
Fire/Smoke DampersCMSFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: A California Life Safety Code surveyor enforcing the 2012 edition of the LSC asked for a map of all of the smoke and fire dampers in the building (skilled …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 30, 2020
Fire & Smoke Dampers

Just a quick note to let you know there is a new form available to you for free, on the 'Tools' webpage called "Fire/Smoke Damper Test". Due to multiple requests …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 22, 2018
Q&AFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: Our pneumatic tube vendor is telling our Engineering folks that they have to install dampers inside the system everywhere that a pneumatic tube run penetrates a fire wall or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 12, 2016
Q&AFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: Are fire dampers required in 1-hour fire rated walls if the facility is fully sprinkled? Also, we have a couple of inaccessible dampers and I was wondering if I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 6, 2015
Q&AFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: Do you need a fire smoke damper at floor level in an open duct shaft? Or where the duct comes out through the shaft wall? A: Section of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 19, 2015
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: Our facility is a freestanding ambulatory surgical center and we only perform gastrointestinal (GI) procedures, not surgery. We lease a suite on the ground level in a 3 story …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 21, 2014
Q&AFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: During a recent survey, we were cited by the surveyor for a 6 inch round duct that did not have a smoke damper installed where it penetrated a smoke …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 1, 2011
Q&AFire & Smoke Dampers

Q: The hospital I work for recently completed its sprinkler upgrade and wants to reduce maintenance by removing some fire and smoke dampers in the walls. What is the procedure …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 1, 2009
Q&AFire & Smoke Dampers

QUESTION: Are fire dampers required in ductwork when the duct penetrates the walls of the same room that house the air handler? These air handlers are equipped with duct detectors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 17, 2009

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