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Fire barriers and curtains
These flexible, lightweight and easy to install solutions can be used to achieve compartmentation in many situations such as ceilings and roof voids to inhibit the spread of heat, smoke and fire, or within workspaces to achieve separation.
This is achieved either by use of a mineral fire barrier giving both fire protection and insulation or by use of a lightweight woven cloth material which is also a very cost-effective solution.
All care homes should have a fire risk assessment which now must include the loft area along with any certification guaranteeing the minimum 1-hour allowance before the fire spreads to the next compartment.
Fire Dampers and Ventilation Cleaning
How Does The Smoke And Fire Damper Work?
CSS dampers feature a single stainless-steel blade which drops into position to create a smoke and fire barrier. This is automatically activated when the electrical thermal release breaks when it reaches 72°C. The damper also has an inbuilt fail-safe which ensures the shutter closes should the power supply be interrupted, just in case.
Requiring installation by a trained engineer, the damper is suitable for most wall, floor and ceiling types of rigid construction (drywall, masonry, block work and concrete). The Actuator, which operates the damper, is supplied fitted and the control mode should be wired into the HVAC system.
Inspection and Maintenance
Each damper has a green LED lamp built in, as standard. This gives the user a simple and clear visual check that the Actuator is receiving power, the Electrical Thermal Release is correctly fitted, and the thermal fuse is intact. Plus, it features a manual test switch to check the fail-safe release under smoke and fire conditions.
Regular inspection, maintenance and cleaning of your dampers are essential, in line with the entire ducting system, which is undertaken by a qualified engineer as part of the requirements of BS 9999. As such, you must ensure adequate access is provided to fire and smoke dampers with access panels and doors.
A detailed condition survey of the ventilation system by obtaining dust and microbiological growth samples within mains and secondary branches, as well as photographic evidence of the condition of the ductwork, internally and externally. Entry points may be required in the form of access panels which reflect the specification of BESA TR19, EN15780 and BESA DW/144. All technicians are fully qualified to install access panels whilst understanding the importance of creating as little disruption as possible. Our evidence is compiled in a short report before the work is undertaken which also explains our methods of controlling the contamination and how we disinfect the system.
Once the work has been completed, any advisories which could not be overcome will be clearly highlighted to the client which will require immediate attention, with visual evidence of the disinfected ductwork and UKAS accredited reports showing evidence of the new air quality.