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Fire dampers should always be installed in ductwork as the ducting meets a fire wall. The main job of a fire damper is to contain a fire within the fire protected area (fire wall). As oxygen passes through the ducting it acts as a route for fire to travel through the building, causing the rapid spread of fire through a building. The fire damper cuts off the air supply and therefore prevents the fire from spreading further; It is essential this equipment is inspected and tested every year to ensure it is functioning correctly.
It is extremely common for fire dampers to have been incorrectly installed as well as not being tested correctly, or regularly enough. This leaves entire buildings and businesses at massive risk without even realising. It is essential to have a CITB trained inspector to test and inspect all of the dampers (they can be identified through their id badge and certification) Neglecting to ensure your fire dampers are working correctly could lead to you ending up in court should there be a fire!
Ductworkpro is trained to the CITB standard, which is recognised by governing bodies as well as (most importantly) insurance companies. We can help you stay compliant, regulated and maintained with your business protected.