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FIRE DAMPER AND FIRE STOP FLAPS INSPECTIONS

As the industry leader in the inspection of fire and smoke damper inspections LSS offers a complete fire and smoke damper survey and inspection services for the entire Canadian market. The fire and smoke damper survey will help identify all of the dampers in your facility and the inspection will help ensure compliance with The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Codes 80, 105, and NFPA 101 (in the provinces that have adopted 101), as well as the National Building Code Section 3.1.8 and the National Fire Code 2.2.2.

 

FIRE AND SMOKE DAMPER REPAIR SERVICES

After the survey and inspection of your facility’s fire and smoke dampers there often are dampers that did not pass inspection and are inoperable.  LSS offers fire and smoke damper repair services that include actuator replacement, damper repairs and damper installations. Once the repair work is performed, LSS will re-inspect the dampers to ensure compliance with the Canadian NBC and NFC, which state that “if closures become damaged they shall be replaced”.

 

FIRE AND SMOKE DOOR INSPECTION AND REPAIR

LSS offers complete fire and smoke door survey and inspection services to the entire Canadian market. LSS’ detailed fire door inspection services reviews over 80 points of the fire door assembly, reviewing components such as the frame, door, door bolts, exit hardware, hinges/pivots, and more. The inspection will provide our Canadian clients with compliance with NFPA 80, the National Fire Code’s section 2.2.2. and the National Building Code’s 3.1.8. LSS  will also provide repair services to fix items such as fixing improper gaps, holes in the door, and other frequently found inspection items.

 

BARRIER MANAGEMENT SURVEYS & FIRE SEPARATION MAINTENANCE

NFPA 101 and the 2010 National Building Code of Canada states that all penetrations that pass through a fire separation, floor or floor/ceiling assembly constructed as a fire barrier shall be protected by a fire system or device.

 

2010 National Building Code of Canada

Dampers

3.1.8.9     Installation of Fire Dampers

1)  A fire damper shall be arranged so as to close automatically upon the operation of a fusible-link conforming to ULC-S505, “Fusible Links for Fire Protection Services” or other heat-actuator or smoke-actuated device.

A-3.1.8.9 (5) Fire Damper Access. It is intended that an access door be provided in the duct and, if the duct is enclosed with an architectural finish, that a second access door be provided through that finish.

Fire Doors

3.1.8.11 Self-Closing Devices

1.) Except as permitted by Sentence (2), every door in a fire separation, other than doors to freight elevators and dumbwaiters, shall be equipped with a self-closing device designed to return the door to the closed position after each use.

Firestop

3.1.9.1. Fire Stops

1) Except as required by Sentences (2) and (3), and permitted by Sentences (4) and (5), penetrations of a fire separation or a membrane forming part of an assembly required to have a fire-resistance rating shall be

  1. a)sealed by a fire stop that, when subjected to the fire test method in Can/ULC-S115, “Fire Tests of Firestop Systems,” has an F rating not less than the fire-protection rating required for closures in the fire separation in conformance with Table 3.1.8.4., or
  2. b)cast in place (see Appendix A).

2)    Penetrations of a firewall or a horizontal fire separation that is required to have a fire-resistance rating in conformance with Article   3.2.1.2 shall be sealed at the penetration by a fire stop that, when subjected to the fire test method in CAN/UC-S115 “Fire Tests of Firestop Systems, “has an FT rating not less than the fire-resistance rating for the fire separation.

 

2010 National Fire Code of Canada

Damper & Doors

2.2.2.4 Inspection and Maintenance

1) Defects that interfere with the operation of closures in fire separations shall be corrected, and such closures shall be maintained to ensure that they are operable at all times by

  1. a) keeping fusible links and other heat-actuated devices undamaged and free of paint and dirt,
  2. b) keeping guides, bearings and stay rolls clean and lubricated,
  3. c) making necessary adjustments and repairs to door hardware and accessories to ensure proper closing and latching, and
  4. d)repairing or replacing inoperative parts of hold-open devices and automatic releasing devices

2)     Doors in fire separations shall be inspected at intervals not great than 24 h to ensure that they remain closed unless the door is equipped with a hold-open device conforming to the NBC.

3) Doors in fire separation shall be operation in intervals not greater than one month to ensure that they are properly maintained with Sentence (1), as specified in the fire safety plan preparation in conformance with Section 2.8.

4) Closures in fire separations shall not be obstructed, blocked, wedged open, or altered in any way that would prevent the intended operation of the closure.

5) Fire dampers and fire stop flaps shall be inspected at intervals not greater than 12 months to ensure that they are in place and are not obviously damaged or obstructed.

Firestop

2.2.1.2 Damage to Fire Separations

1) Where fire separations are damaged so as to affect their integrity, they shall be repaired so that the integrity of the fire separation is maintained.

 

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No matter which province your facility is located, Canada Life Safety Services has the answer to meet your fire safety inspection needs. Our trained teams of technicians and project managers have experience performing inspections in healthcare, manufacturing,office buildings, and educational facilities.  Make passive fire protection a part of your fire safety plan.

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