About HVAC Fire Life Safety
During an event such as a fire or other emergency that introduces pollutants into the air, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) ductwork can act as a “freeway,” circulating smoke and toxins throughout a structure, even to offices far away from the flashpoint. Built-in smoke and fire dampers can prevent this from happening. The successful operations of fire life safety building systems could mean the difference between a nuisance fire and an uncontrollable catastrophe. But smoke and fire dampers experience a failure rate of up to 60%. Most of them could be found, repaired and prevented by a proper hands-on inspection by ICB (International Certification Board) Certified HVAC Fire Life Safety professionals.
On this website you will find information how ICB-certified HVAC professionals can assist you in ensuring that all components of your fire and smoke control and management systems operate properly.
What We Inspect
Sheet metal workers who take HVAC Fire Life Safety courses and pass a series of exams become ICB-Certified HVAC Fire Life Safety Level I technicians and supervisors. These professionals are properly and thoroughly trained to inspect, test, maintain and repair fire and smoke dampers according to National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards, helping to ensure that crucial safety features will work in an emergency. They also stay abreast of technological advances and provide detailed documentation, reporting every inspection and function testing point procedure and deficiency.
In addition, ICB-Certified HVAC Fire Life Safety Level 2 technicians and supervisors are trained to inspect, test and maintain fire life smoke control systems such as pressurization fans. A properly functioning fan limits smoke from entering the stairwell and leaching into the building. But fans blowing above design can over-pressurize the stairwell, preventing doors from being opened and potentially trapping occupants inside a burning building. Thorough inspection, testing and balancing every six months helps maintain proper air pressurization at all times.
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