Seminar 67 — Life Safety Dampers, Back to Basics


Conference Proceeding by ASHRAE, 2021



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All but the smallest buildings are required to include life safety dampers to ensure that fire and smoke cannot travel through ductwork and spread to other areas of the building. Life safety dampers are very different from the dampers used for HVAC control. This session will help engineers and installers understand the differences between fire-, smoke-, combination fire/smoke-, and ceiling radiation dampers; the applications for which each is suited; and how to specify these dampers correctly. It also describes different ways that each of these dampers are activated and/or controlled. Installation, testing, and inspection methods and requirements are discussed.

  1. What Are Life Safety Dampers?
    Stephen D Carey, Member, TAMCO, Smyrna, TN
  2. Wiring and Controls of Life Safety Dampers
    Larry Felker, Life Member, Belimo Americas, Sparks, NV
  3. Testing and Installation of Life Safety Dampers
    Stephen D Carey, Member, TAMCO, Smyrna, TN

Citation: ASHRAE 2021 Virtual Seminar

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