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By the AMCA FIRE AND SMOKE DAMPER SUBCOMMITTEE

Remote Periodic
Testing of Life-Safety

Dampers

With the 2019 editions of NFPA 80
and NFPA 105 comes the allowance
for remote periodic testing of smoke
and combination fire/smoke dampers.
For building owners, this can mean
significantly reduced costs and

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increased safety.

ife-safety dampers are critical fire-protection features

life-safety dampers must undergo "acceptance testing" to

of buildings. By protecting duct and air-transfer-

confirm proper operation. The dampers then must undergo

opening penetrations through fire- and smoke-rated

"periodic testing" to confirm continued operation. Periodic

construction, they help to contain fire and smoke within

testing is required one year after dampers are installed and

the area of origin. Like any mechanical device, life-safety

every four years thereafter, except in the case of hospitals,

dampers need to be tested periodically to ensure they will

whereby testing is required one year after installation

work as designed when needed. Chapter 7 of the Interna-

and every six years thereafter. Requirements regarding

tional Fire Code requires that fire dampers be maintained

acceptance testing and frequency of periodic testing are

in accordance with NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and

unchanged in the 2019 editions of NFPA 80 and NFPA 105.

Other Opening Protectives, and that smoke dampers be main-

Also unchanged is the method for performing periodic

tained in accordance with NFPA 105, Standard for Smoke

testing of life-safety dampers that utilize a fusible link. The

Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives. The 2019

fusible link must be removed to confirm a damper closes

editions of NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 introduce important

as designed. The fusible link is required to be removed,

changes concerning the maintenance of fire and smoke

inspected, and replaced manually, meaning someone must

dampers. This article explains those changes and how they

physically go to the damper to perform the test.

can significantly reduce costs while making buildings safer.

The most significant change in the 2019 editions of NFPA
80 and NFPA 105 concerns the method for conducting peri-

NFPA 80 and NFPA 105

odic testing of life-safety dampers that do not incorporate

According to the 2016 editions of NFPA 80 and NFPA 105,

fusible links-namely, smoke dampers and most combi-

during the commissioning of a new or remodeled building,

nation fire/smoke dampers and motorized fire dampers.

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