FIRE DAMPER | Pre-Commissioning Checklist

July 3, 2022 |

This fire damper checklist can be used and completed throughout the project and its different stages covering:

  • delivery,
  • storage,
  • installation &
  • pre-commissioning/pre-functional

Once the pre-functional checks have been completed, the fire dampers’ full functional testing/commissioning can be conducted.

This checklist should be used and completed throughout the project, and its different stages, delivery, storage, installation & pre-commissioning, before the functional testing occurs.

Delivery Inspection

Once the Fire Dampers arrive at the site, usually delivered by a transport company, and before being unloaded and accepted into storage, the following should be checked with the driver.

Any damage that is noted should be reported to the manufacturer/supplier immediately in writing supported with photographs.

RefInspection/Task
1Supplier's consolidated delivery ticket is available, showing all equipment and ancillaries for inspection and being used to check against.
2A copy of the order that was sent to the supplier is available for reference and is being used to check against
3The fire dampers are packaged, protected, and crated in separate boxes, for maximum protection
4The labels on the fire dampers and technical details match the purchase order
5Delivery protection is dry
6Fire dampers are dry
7The external casings of the fire dampers are undamaged
8Fusible links are included and rated correctly.
8All damper frames, if ordered, are included
9All mounting angles, if ordered, are included
10All motors, if ordered, are included and mounted on the damper frame.
11All position indicators, if ordered are included.
12Documentation included drawings [installation, wiring, datasheets, manuals, etc.]
13Replace protection that has been removed

Storage Inspection

Storage Area

If the equipment is to be placed into storage on site prior to installation there will be an inspection completed checking the following.

RefInspection/Task
1The area is internal and will not be affected by the weather. [if the unit is not rated for external use]
2The surface where the equipment is to be placed is level.
3The equipment will be raised from the floor to allow airflow and stop the risk of water ingress.
4The area is well covered and protected.
5The area is well ventilated and has no risk of high humidity.
6The area is clean & dust-free.
7The area is secure and protected from the movement of other materials and vehicles.
If you want to understand more about Fire Damper Testing see our article: FIRE DAMPERS | Detailed Guide to Testing

Storage of Fire Damper

Prior to the fire dampers being placed into storage, the following should be checked.

RefInspection/Task
1Fire dampers will not have materials stacked on them.
2All ancillaries will be placed in a safe and secure location, so items do not go missing or get damaged.
3All original packaging is intact and not removed.
4Fire Dampers covered to protect from dust and dirt

Pre-Installation Inspection

Prior to the units being installed the following should be checked.

RefInspection/Task
1The wall or floor opening is larger than the damper/sleeve assembly to allow installation. ready, and correct size. [all should be fully in line with the manufacturer’s requirements]
2The wall or floor surrounding the opening is flat and available to be used to mount the damper.
3The room/area is dry and watertight.
4The room/area the fire damper will be installed into is clean and dust-free. If there is dust/construction work, then the damper and ducting should be protected.
5All duct connections, can be independently supported and not supported by the fire damper.
6Check to ensure that all connection kits containing angles, connections, gaskets, bolts, screws, sleeves, break-away connections and frames are available to allow bolting up and mounting of the dampers.
7Where required, check that any cabling can be run to the unit and on appropriate containment, not impeding access to the areas needed to gain access for maintenance and operation of the unit.

Maintenance/Access

RefInspection/Task
1There is enough space allowed around and above the damper once installed to perform maintenance [test damper] and remove components. [check the manufacturer's maintenance instructions for requirements]
2All-access doors can be fully opened to gain access to the damper and components.

Pre-Commissioning Inspection

Once the fire damper has been installed and prior to the functional testing and commissioning phase taking place the following will be checked.

In Wall Mounted Fire Damper

RefInspection/Task
1Document the following information:
1. Project name
2. Date of inspection
3. Inspector name
4. Inspector company
5. Fire damper ID
6. Location of the damper
7. Ventilation system reference
8. Type of damper/ratingAny deficiencies and resolutions
2The fire damper is free from physical damage.
3If the installation is to join multiple damper assemblies, review to ensure the dampers are secured to the sleeve by M6 bolts, M5 screws, or 1/2" welds staggered intermittently on both sides. [check the manufacturer's maintenance instructions for requirements]
4The damper sleeve is made of steel material.
5Damper sleeve thickness is equal to, or thicker than the duct that is connected to it.

[It is not allowed to be thinner]

Rigid Duct [Round or Rectangular],
24" [610mm], Diameter or
36" [914mm] max width or
24" [610mm] max height Sleeve gauge = 16 [0.060" / 1.5mm].

6Rigid Duct [Round or Rectangular],

Over 24" [610mm], Diameter or
Over 36" [914mm] max width or
Over 24" [610mm] max height Sleeve gauge = 14 [0.075" / 2.0mm].


7Breakaway [or no duct] [Round or Rectangular],

12" [305mm], wide and under, Sleeve gauge = 26,[0.18"/0.46mm]
13"-30" [330" 762mm], wide, Sleeve gauge = 24,[0.24"/0.06mm]
31"-54" [787" 1371mm], wide, Sleeve gauge = 22,[0.030"/0.76mm]
55"-84" [1397" 2134mm], wide, Sleeve gauge = 20,[0.036"/0.9mm]
85" [2159mm], wide, Sleeve gauge = 18,[0.048"/1.2mm]
8Unless a damper actuator or factory access door is installed, the sleeve extends, both sides of the wall, no more than 6” [152mm] beyond the firewall.
9Where a damper actuator or factory access door is installed, the sleeve extends, both sides of the wall, no more than 16” [406mm] beyond the firewall.
10The damper is installed in the correct orientation, allowing the blades to operate correctly.
11Fasteners are installed as per the manufacturer’s installation requirements.
12Mounting angles are installed as per the manufacturer’s installation requirements.

Check:
1. Gauge
2. Type of material mounted within [wood, metal, masonry]
3. Angle installation detail
4. Spacings
13Ductwork sleeve connections are installed as per the requirements of the manufacturer:

1. Rectangular ducting - break-away duct/sleeve connections.
2. Round and oval break-away connections.
3. Flanged break-away style duct/sleeve connections
4. Non-break-away duct/sleeve connections

[The following type of joints for rectangular connections can be used. Plain 'S' Slip, Hemmed 'S' Slip, Double 'S' Slip, Inside Slip Joint, Standing S, Standing S (Angle reinforced), Standing (Alt), Standing (Bar Reinforced), Standing S (Angle Reinforced), Drive Slip Joint.]
14An access panel or removable section of duct is installed to allow access and future maintenance of the damper.
15Fusible link installed and rated correctly.
16Operation and installation manual for the fire dampers available.
17Manufacturing/dimensioned drawings available
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Out of Wall Mounted Fire Damper

RefInspection/Task
1Document the following information:

1. Project name
2. Date of inspection
3. Inspector name
4. Inspector company
5. Fire damper ID
6. Location of the damper
7. Ventilation system reference
8. Type of damper/rating
9. Any deficiencies and resolutions
2The fire damper is free from physical damage.
3The damper sleeve is made of steel material.
4The maximum leading edge of the damper frame that can be installed outside of the wall is: Steel Stud or Masonry = 8" [203mm]Wood Stud = 6" [152]
5Insulation [Fibrefrax is attached to all 4 sides of the damper and sleeve assembly [this is usually factory applied].
6Damper sleeve thickness is equal to, or thicker than the duct that is connected to it.

[It is not allowed to be thinner]

Rigid Duct [Round or Rectangular],

24" [610mm], Diameter or
36" [914mm] max width or
24" [610mm] max height Sleeve gauge = 16 [0.060" / 1.5mm].

7Rigid Duct [Round or Rectangular],

Over 24" [610mm], Diameter or
Over 36" [914mm] max width or
Over 24" [610mm] max height Sleeve gauge = 14 [0.075" / 2.0mm].
8Breakaway [or no duct] [Round or Rectangular],

12" [305mm], wide and under, Sleeve gauge = 26,[0.18"/0.46mm]
13"-30" [330" 762mm], wide, Sleeve gauge = 24,[0.24"/0.06mm]
31"-54" [787" 1371mm], wide, Sleeve gauge = 22,[0.030"/0.76mm]
55"-84" [1397" 2134mm], wide, Sleeve gauge = 20,[0.036"/0.9mm]
9Where a damper actuator or factory access door is installed, the sleeve extends, both sides of the wall, no more than 16" [406mm] beyond the firewall.
10The damper is installed in the correct orientation, allowing the blades to operate correctly.
11Fasteners are installed as per the manufacturer's installation requirements.
12Mounting angles are installed as per the manufacturer's installation requirements.

Check:

1. Gauge
2. Type of material mounted within [wood, metal, masonry]
3. Angle installation detail
4. Spacings
13Ductwork sleeve connections are installed as per the requirements of the manufacturer:

1. Rectangular ducting - break-away duct/sleeve connections.
2. Round and oval break-away connections.
3. Flanged break-away style duct/sleeve connections.
4. Non-break-away duct/sleeve connections

[The following type of joints for rectangular connections can be used. Plain 'S' Slip, Hemmed 'S' Slip, Double 'S' Slip, Inside Slip Joint, Standing S, Standing S (Angle reinforced), Standing (Alt), Standing (Bar Reinforced), Standing S (Angle Reinforced), Drive Slip Joint.]
14An access panel or removable section of duct is installed to allow access and future maintenance of the damper.
15Fusible link installed and rated correctly.
16Operation and installation manual for the fire dampers available.
17Manufacturing/dimensioned drawings available

Controls/Electrics

RefInspection/Task
1Damper actuator installed and powered if required.
2Smoke head installed and connected to the system if required.
3BMS status installed and connected if required.
4Control wiring completed from instruments and interlocks in accordance with the manufacturer's wiring diagram.
5Damper test switch installed and operating if required.
6Master Control Panel installed and operating if required.
7Wireless Remote tester installed and operating if required.
8Power available to control panel.

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