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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
Testing (Facilities Management)Fire/Smoke Dampers

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 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 11, 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

Q: I have a building that is fully sprinklered and has full protection from the fire alarm system, with multiple floors. The age of the building is 40+ years and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 20, 2019
ArticleFire/Smoke DampersNursing Home

Q: I work in a long-term care facility. It used to be that fire dampers had to be tested/inspected every four years, but I’ve heard that has changed with the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 21, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticleFire/Smoke DampersTesting (Life Safety Code)

Many of you may be familiar with the Joint Commission's standard practice for inaccessible fire dampers: If the fire damper is inaccessible during the required testing period, the hospital can choose …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2014
Joint CommissionArticleFire/Smoke DampersSmoke Dampers

There seems to be much discussion lately on how to manage the Joint Commission Statement of Conditions Plans For Improvement (PFI) on inaccessible dampers. Joint Commission has instructed healthcare organizations …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 27, 2013
ArticleFire/Smoke Dampers

I recently received a message from an old friend in regards to the testing requirements for ceiling mounted fire dampers. It was his contention that the ceiling was just a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 11, 2012

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