No Smoke without Fire - Webinar

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Questions and Responses

After Brexit, what happens about CE certification?

The UK bodies that provide CE certificates have set up partner organisations in EU countries to enable continued certification.

If a fire damper is installed and cannot be tested, does this fire damper need to be removed and reinstalled?

Yes – dampers need to be accessible to enable maintenance and testing.

Is there an official body that I can report to regarding faulty damper installation?

Faulty dampers should initially be notified to the supplier to be rectified.

Is there training available for installers?

We are currently working on training options. Please get in touch with us to find out more.

How is reduced smoke actually tested?

By measuring pressure differentials.

Do you offer control systems for smoke dampers?

Yes - please see our Products page to find the variety of control systems we have available.

How can the responsible person for a building assess if an installer is competent?

Check the installer’s trade experience and any training they have received.

Can you provide some installation guides for the smoke dampers?

Yes – please see our Technical page for all of our installation guides that are available to download.

Is it a requirement for fire damper installers to be trained and certified as with fire stopping?

There isn’t a current certified scheme for this.

Is this CPD CIBSE approved?

This is a new CPD presentation and is currently going through the approval process with CIBSE.

Why is 72℃ the damper activation threshold?

Historically, this is the melting point of solder

Where does ultimate responsibility fall with regards to faulty installations: designer, principal contractor or installer?

The responsibility lies with the principal contractor.

What do you believe makes a damper maintenance engineer a ‘competent engineer’?

Past experience, although we believe regulation should be more specific on this issue.

How often should dampers be tested?

Dampers should be tested every 6 months, but many dampers are still only tested every 5-10 years. BS9999 suggests that dampers should be tested weekly if they are part of a smoke control system being used to protect a means of escape.

If a consultant’s design prescribes a damper larger than one which can be CE marked, is it acceptable for a non-CE marked damper to be installed? If so, who can sign it off?

Yes – the building control can sign it off.

Is it only fire dampers that are required to be CE marked, or do smoke dampers also need the certification?

Smoke dampers should also be CE marked. Our SmokeShield damper is CE marked and it is a fire and smoke damper.

Can motorised fire and smoke dampers (MSFDs) be used for air balancing?

Yes – we offer a 3-position actuator and controls to suit.

Do you supply dampers and control systems throughout Europe?

Yes – we supply to over 30 countries globally.

Are you represented in Ireland?

Yes – Safegard Systems are part of the Swegon Group UK & I and are responsible for the sale and distribution of Actionair products in Ireland.