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A survey conducted by B&B is the best way to begin your journey towards compliance.
Fire damper inspections and testings are required by the NFPA and Joint Commission. See how B&B can ensure your building's fire dampers are compliant.
Our documentation is above the rest! B&B customers receive a comprehensive Fire Damper Inspection Log outlining the results of their fire damper inspection and test.
B&B Utility Services conducts fire damper surveys in order to meet with building personnel, answer questions, gain the needed information to accurately locate and determine the damper count, and most of all accurately determine the scope of work. During the survey, we consult with the maintenance director, review all available mechanical and life safety drawings and any available past documentation. We then scour the building from end to end and top to bottom to ensure no damper goes unaccounted.
B&B technicians will not only establish an enjoyable and professional relationship with facility personnel, but also obtain the information required to present an accurate quote to perform required life safety fire damper inspections and testing. Through years of field research we have discovered, given a building's age and possibly multiple remodels over the years, it can sometimes outright be impossible to locate all fire, smoke and combination dampers on a buildings mechanical drawings. If a building is ten years or older, we have found most do not have mechanical drawings that accurately indicate the location of the fire, smoke and combination dampers.
B&B Utility Services takes great pride in the specialized services it provides. Given our experience in the industry, even if there is record of a prior fire damper inspection and testing, we strongly recommend having a survey conducted by a B&B Technician. Over the years we have found numerous dampers unaccounted for from prior inspections.
Rest assured, no matter the situation, B&B technicians have industry leading knowledge and possess years of infield research in numerous types of buildings, healthcare, non-healthcare, old, and new construction. We know what to look for and know where to find it!
If a building lacks record and documentation of required regulatory life safety fire damper inspection and testing, a survey conducted by B&B is the best way to begin your building's journey towards compliance.
NFPA 80 FIRE DAMPER INSPECTION
Inspection and testing of fire, smoke and combination dampers is required by the National Fire Protection Association and enforced by local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) Examples:
· The Joint Commission
· Fire Marshal
· Building Owners
· Insurance companies
NFPA 80 Ch. 19.4 Periodic Inspection and Testing – Fire damper inspection frequency: Each damper shall be tested and inspected 1 year after installation. The test and inspection frequency shall then be every 4 years except in hospitals, where the frequency shall be every 6 years.
B&B Utility Services preforms fire, smoke and combination damper inspections and testing in accordance with the NFPA. These guidelines outline the procedures required to ensure accurate inspection, testing and reporting by qualified personnel.
Before starting a fire damper inspection and testing, B&B project managers study all documentation and mechanical drawings collected during a survey, allowing our team to create the best game plan possible to execute fire damper inspections in a carefully designed way to limit the pressure on a facility’s occupants and daily operations.
From start to finish, B&B technicians meet with maintenance personnel daily. In some cases, testing procedures may require the simulation of fire or smoke by activating all activation devices. These devices consist of but are not limited to smoke detectors, pull stations and duct detectors. If any such testing procedures are required, a game plan will be reviewed step by step until all parties are squared away and on the same page.
Testing any dampers linked to a facility’s fire panel is no walk in the park. Knowing what type of operating system a building consists of, along with what components are in use, how those components operate with each other and how to activate and troubleshoot each component are key to a successful inspection and testing of various types of systems. B&B technicians have the knowledge and possess the experience needed to successfully identify then execute such critical testing procedures.
B&B Utility Services provides thorough fire damper inspection reporting and documentation in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These guidelines outline the procedures required to ensure accurate documentation and reporting by qualified personnel.
Upon completion of a fire damper inspection and testing, B&B provides a detailed report known as a Fire Damper Log (FDL). The FDL outlines the results of the overall inspection and testing and contains unique identifiers for each fire, smoke or combination damper. Identifiers include locations, type of damper, activation, maps, spreadsheets, pictures and detailed information for each damper. The documentation contained within the Fire Damper Log is thorough, self-explanatory, on point with what the NFPA requires and what the AHJ are looking for!
In addition to our traditional way of keeping records, B&B created, owns and offers cloud based Fire Damper Management Software (FDMS). B&B's Fire Damper Management Software is the simplest way of managing required life safety fire damper inspection and testing reporting and documentation. The software is a new and simpler way to store, display and search all fire damper documentation, past and present. The software was derived from years of field research, client interaction and a necessity to manage timelines and compile vast amounts of information which could be interpreted and used by multiple levels of an organization, and readily available at a moment’s notice!