Fire Safety: Dampers, ductwork, and health and safety regulations.

The recent tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has raised many questions about fire safety and how we can best protect people and buildings in the future from a disaster like this. Fire safety should always be paramount for buildings, both during construction and for lifelong maintenance. Many councils are working closely with the fire brigade and new fire advisory bodies to make sure that all buildings they manage are within fire safety regulations, showing a step in the right direction when it comes to preventing fires in the future. While arguments around building cladding continue, there are things that can be done in the meantime to help improve fire safety.

At Ductbusters we aim to deliver the highest quality of health and safety when it comes to fire dampers and ventilation. Our services are carried out with the intention of making sure that all buildings are safe and fit for purpose when it comes to fire safety, as well as general cleanliness for the health of occupants.

Fire Damper Testing

Fire dampers are a crucial element of fire safety and fire prevention in buildings. These fire-resistant shutters are designed to shut on the detection of a fire, either through an automated system or through a link which is designed at melt at a temperature where fires would be present, triggering the closure of the fire damper. The dampers are designed to help contain a fire and prevent it spreading further, allowing more time for evacuation and making things easier for firefighters to tackle.

Legally, fire dampers must be maintained, either annually or every two years depending on the fire damper type and purpose. They must be checked to ensure that they close appropriately and are not suffering any wear and tear. It’s not uncommon for dampers to get jammed open or closed, or links to become fused, preventing the dampers from closing in the instance of a fire.


Ductwork serves to help keep air flowing throughout a building. Often it serves a dual purpose, with extraction systems for damp, kitchen grease, or odours all being commonly dealt with by ductwork too. When properly maintained and cleaned, ductwork has the potential to help funnel away smoke from areas to allow people more time to escape safely in the event of a fire.

To make sure your ductwork is working efficiently, it needs to be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, particularly if it’s dealing with grease or other flammable substances. When ductwork is clean, it is not only much safer in the event of a fire, it also helps provide clean and healthy air throughout the building.


At Ductbusters we take health and safety seriously when it comes to ductwork and fire dampers. We offer fire damper testing, ductwork cleaning and maintenance, ventilation risk assessment, kitchen extract cleaning and more, to ensure that your building is fully up to standard and lower the risk of accidents. Contact us today and find out what we can do to help your business:

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