HVAC Fire Life Safety

The majority of firerelated deaths are caused by smoke inhalation – not the actual flames. Dampers installed as part of your HVAC system are designed to compartmentalize and divert smoke and toxic gases to allow your building occupants to escape.

Hawaii law requires regular inspection of these dampers and smoke control systems.

Are you in compliance?

As a building owner or manager, you should know that…

  • The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Code 1 is adopted and enforced in Hawaii.
  • The Code states that fire dampers shall be maintained according to NFPA 80 and smoke dampers shall be maintained according to NFPA 105
  • Both standards mandate that dampers be inspected and tested one year after installation and every four years after that (every six years for hospitals). Testing requires hands-on verification that the dampers are operating properly, which includes code-compliant access to the damper itself
  • As a building owner, you are responsible for having these inspections performed according to Code
  • The successful operations of HVAC fire life safety building systems may mean the difference between a nuisance fire and an uncontrollable catastrophe
  • Failure to comply with Code could void your insurance policy and leave you vulnerable to criminal violations, lawsuits and financial loss
  • ICB-certified HVAC Fire Life Safety technicians and supervisors are trained to inspect, test, maintain and repair fire and smoke dampers, and pressurizations fans, according to code.

A properly-functioning building system may save lives and protect your valuable investment.

It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. And it’s the law!


Click here to download a PDF listing of ICB-certified HVAC Fire Life Safety contractors and other relevant information.