What is a fire door?

A fire door is any door or opening clearly marked with correct U.L. Fire listing.

Generally, in a direct path of exit like an emergency stairwell.

Why do fire doors need to be maintained?

Fire doors must be maintained to prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout other areas of the building as required by local ordinances. In addition, this is to help prevent the loss of life in the event of an emergency.

Door inspection requirements

These requirements apply to new and existing installations.

5.2.4.1 “Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested no less than annually, and a written record of the inspection shall be kept for the inspection by the local authority that has jurisdiction.”

5.5.1 “Repairs shall be made, and defects that could interfere with operation shall be corrected without delay.”

5.2.3.2 “Before testing, a visual inspection shall be preformed to identify any damaged or missing parts that can create a hazard during testing or affect operation or resetting.”

5.1.2.3.1 “Door openings and the surrounding areas should be kept clear of anything that could obstruct or interfere with the free operation of the door.”

Cited from NFPA 80 2016 Edition.

Fire door schedules and maintenance

For instance, fire schedules and records are sometimes kept on site with building maintenance personal. However, if this information is not available, we can site walk any location and provide accurate documentation of any and all fire rated doors and openings according to the local Fire Code..
Also, proper maintenance of fire doors and openings is crucial to fire and safety efforts, these critical points help prevent the spread of fire and smoke to other areas of the building. This also allowing the safe egress of personnel from the building in case of an emergency.

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