Are you in compliance? As a building owner or manager, you should know that…

  • The International Fire Code is in use or adopted in 43 states. (The other seven states may have codes that are even more stringent.)
  • The Code states that fire dampers shall be maintained according to NFPA 80 and smoke dampers shall be maintained according to NFPA 105
  • Both standards mandate that dampers be inspected and tested one year after installation and every four years after that (every six years for hospitals). Testing requires hands-on verification that the dampers are operating properly, which includes code-compliant access to the damper itself
  • As a building owner, you are responsible for having these inspections performed according to Code
  • The successful operations of HVAC fire life safety building systems may mean the difference between a nuisance fire and an uncontrollable catastrophe
  • Failure to comply with Code could void your insurance policy and leave you vulnerable to criminal violations, lawsuits and financial loss
  • ICB-certified HVAC Fire Life Safety technicians and supervisors are trained to inspect, test, maintain and repair fire and smoke dampers, and pressurizations fans, according to code.

A properly-functioning building system may save lives and protect your valuable investment.

Two HVAC Fire Life Safety videos entitled "Reducing the Risk", which addresses the need for proper inspection of smoke and fire dampers by ICB Certified HVAC Fire Life Safety Level 1 Technicians, and "Controlling Smoke" which addresses the importance of hiring ICB Certified HVAC Fire Life Safety Level 2 Technicians to keep stairwell pressurization fans operating at optimal levels are now available for viewing on YouTube. Please click on the title to be connected these videos.

It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. And it’s the law. 

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