Fire Door Inspections
Building owners and facilities managers are required to have annual fire door inspections on all of their fire doors by NFPA 80, NFPA 101, and other life safety codes. These inspections can be lengthy and complicated to perform, which is why it’s important that these fire door inspections are done by experienced and trained fire door inspectors.
Quite frequently fire doors that may look okay at first glance are actually non-compliant with life safety codes. There are a number of factors that contribute to the compliance of fire door assemblies, including the varying types of fire doors, the high frequency of use, and the many parts that make up a fire door assembly. Therefore, it's important that your fire door inspections are performed by knowledgeable individuals.
At PREVENT Life Safety, we understand the importance of fire door inspections. Our trained and experienced staff will spend the time and effort needed to perform thorough and detailed fire door inspections in order to ensure that your fire doors are operating properly. Our technicians will also identify and document all problems that need to be addressed with your fire doors and will provide you with a detailed report of failures and actions or repairs that need to be completed.
Fire Door Inspections Scope of Work
Our fire door field technicians will:
- Review life safety or other pertinent drawings that indicate fire-rated door barriers
- Verify fire-rated door barrier information with owner’s representative
- Identify the type and rating of the fire doors
- Inspect fire doors for compliance with NFPA 80 and NFPA 101
- Record inspected fire doors that are non-compliant; and specify and document fire door deficiencies
- List all non-compliant fire door locations in a log and illustrate locations on life safety plans
For every fire door, per NFPA 80 regulation 126.96.36.199, PREVENT’s field technicians will verify the following:
- No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the fire door or the fire door frame
- Glazing, vision light frames, and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened in place, if so equipped
- The door, frame, hinges, hardware, and non-combustible threshold are secured, aligned and in working order
- No parts are missing or broken
- Door clearances at the door edge of the door frame on the pull side of the door do not exceed clearances listed in 4.8.4 (the clearance under the bottom of the door shall be a maximum of 3/4”) and 6.3.1 (top and edges 1/8”).
- The self-closing device is operational, that is, the active door completely closes when operated from the fully open position.
- If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before the active leaf.
- Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position.
- Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door or frame.
- No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label.
- Gasketing and edge seals, where required, are inspected to verify their presence and integrity.
Other Fire Door Services
Should your fire door inspection uncover issues with your fire doors, PREVENT Life Safety is also able to provide you with services to get your fire doors compliant with life safety code, including fire door repairs and coordination of fire door recertification.
To learn more:
Fire Door Repairs
Fire Door Recertification