Smoke and heat ventilation systems are in place to help control smoke in case of a fire so that rescue and escape routes are accessible. They also ensure that the fire department can get to the fire as fast as possible. It is critical that they are maintained and kept in perfect working condition. Next we are looking at things you should do to be ready for possible emergency situations.
Assessment of the Vents
In order to assess the heat and smoke vents to see if any maintenance is required, you will need to:
- Test/inspect. Nowadays, you have numerous options to choose from when it comes to testing, such as running smoke tests and using cold smoke generators.
- Document. You might get the idea of the systems' condition straight away, but keeping paper or online records is crucial if you want to refer to this data in the future.
Maintaining Life Expectancy
Maintaining the life of your heat and smoke vents requires regular preventative maintenance including:
Returning Smoke and Heat Vents to Working Order
If you are experiencing a problem with the smoke and heat vents, there are a few options you can try:
Preventative Maintenance To-Do List
Here is a checklist of your preventative maintenance things to do:
- Preventative measures
These life-saving devices are there for a reason and just like any important maintenance issue, they should be inspected on a regular basis and any repairs or replacements should be done as soon as possible. If there is a fire, you do not want the health of your employees or visitors compromised due to a failure of your equipment that could have been easily maintained.