Unfortunately, if your facility has undergone major renovations since first constructed, newly installed ductwork, piping and other construction projects can often block access to originally installed fire dampers. A damper should never be labeled inaccessible simply because it’s out of reach or unavailable at the time, especially in hospitals.
If you are not up-to-date on your damper inspections, your facility could be facing heavy citations and fines for not staying in compliance. Also, a potential tragedy in your facility could be avoided when the proper maintenance and inspections are done on time.
Maintenance and inspection of fire dampers must be conducted one year after installation, and then every 4 years in commercial buildings, and every 6 years in hospitals.