Properly maintained fire doors save lives! When is the last time someone performed fire door inspections on your buildings?
The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are now using NFPA 101, 2012 edition when surveying health care facilities. Section 184.108.40.206 of NFPA 101-2012 states that openings required to have a fire protection rating must be protected by fire door assemblies or fire window assemblies in accordance with NFPA 80, which includes annual inspections.
The state of Ohio will adopt the same Life Safety Code in the near future, which means all public and commercial buildings will be required to have their fire doors inspected annually, as well.
Our trained inspectors will visit your site and perform an inspection of your fire doors, and provide detailed fire door inspections, listing those items that do not comply with the inspection requirements of NFPA 80.
Beginning with the 2007 edition and continuing with subsequent editions, NFPA 80 –Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (Section 5.2 “Inspection and Testing”) requires all fire door assemblies to be inspected not less than annually. In addition, the 2013 and 2016 editions mandate fire door inspections inspections after installation and after maintenance work on any fire doors.
Originally, NFPA 80 required fire door inspections to be conducted by individuals with knowledge and understanding of the type of fire doors being tested. The 2013 edition added a requirement for the inspections to be performed by a “qualified person” with this knowledge and understanding. This term was defined in the 2010 edition, and is also included in the 2013 edition:
Qualified Person. A person who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, professional standing or skill, and who, by knowledge, training, and experience has demonstrated the ability to deal with the subject matter, the work, or the project.
According to NFPA 80 220.127.116.11.2 - 2013 edition:
As a minimum, the following items shall be verified:
(1) Labels are clearly visible and legible.
(2) No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or frame.
(3) Glazing, vision light frames, and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened in place, if so equipped.
(4) The door, frame, hinges, hardware, and noncombustible threshold are secured, aligned, and in working order
with no visible signs of damage.
(5) No parts are missing or broken.
(6) Door clearances do not exceed clearances listed in 4.8.4 and 18.104.22.168.
(7) The self-closing device is operational; that is, the active door completely closes when operated from the full
(8) If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before the active leaf.
(9) Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position.
(10) Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door or frame.
(11) No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label.
(12) Meeting edge protection, gasketing and edge seals, where required, are inspected to verify their presence
(13) Signage affixed to a door meets the requirements listed in 4.1.4.