In 2019, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), made a significant change to the International Fire Code as it relates to fire and smoke damper acceptance testing. The organization introduced the option of remote testing for smoke dampers in addition to allowing for visual inspections.
NEMIC, in conjunction with the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering, set out to study the reliability of remote testing.
Dr. James Milke, professor and chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and Ph.D. candidate Robert Ayoub conducted the study not just to evaluate the reliability of remote testing, but also to create awareness of the importance of periodic inspection of fire dampers, smoke dampers and smoke control systems.
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