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. Many of these structures are schools, hospitals and eldercare facilities.
Built-in fire and smoke 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 fire and smoke 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-Certified, ANSI-accredited HVAC Fire Life Safety professionals.