I know we spend a lot of time talking about Fire Damper Inspections (hence the www.firedamperinspection.com url, right?), but i wanted to take a moment to remind you about the other elements that are necessarily in maintaining an effective Fire Protection System. An active fire protection system is deisgned to detect and suppress fires (think sprinkler systems, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers). The passive fire protection system is part of a building’s overall design and construction, such as stairways with easy means of egress, the utilization of firestopping material, fire and smoke dampers and fire doors. In the world of fire safety, active and passive fire protections do not exist in a vacuum. Rather, they work together to help control the spread of the fire, maintain the integrity of the building and most importantly protect the building’s occupants. As with all systems to assure reliability, both the active and passive fire protection must be maintained – which includes the inspection and maintenance of not only the visible “active fire” participants of a building’s fire protection system, but the passive fire protection elements as well. NFPA 80, NFPA 105 and NFPA 101 require the inspection and maintenance of Fire Doors and Fire Dampers. So why are dampers and doors so often overlooked? Resources. It’s not easy doing these ispections – and most facilities don’t have the resources (human or financial) or the time to stay current with codes and standards. Which means a lot of the facilities we work in, dine in, vacation in, play in and rest in aren’t safe.