Ensuring that your that your fire barrier system is in good working condition is one of the most important tasks you can do as a facility manager. Having a successful fire door inspection is key. Properly functioning fire doors are crucial for ensuring employees, patients, equipment, and other assets are exposed to little or no risk in the event of a fire.
Here are 11 don’t and don’ts you should consider in between your fire door inspections:
Fire Door Inspection Do’s
1. Have your fire doors inspected to ensure compliance in accordance with the federal, state, and local regulations.
2. Check if the doors show any visible signs of damage on the door or on its various components such as its wire mess glass or seals. Should there be any cracks or holes in the glass, it is possible for smoke fires to penetrate the door and cause fires to spread.
3. Check if the fire door opens and closes properly so that it is robust enough to block fires.
4. Maintain all documentation of your fire door inspection reports to analyze history of repairs and maintenance issues.
5. Ensure that other fire protection equipment such as fire extinguishers work properly and are in close range.
Fire Door Inspection Don’ts
1. Delay repairs of fire barrier systems such as fire doors and fire dampers. There is great potential to save lives in a fire.
2. Forget to have your doors inspected annually. Delaying or neglecting to perform your fire door inspection may increase risks of fire spreading in your building facility.
3. Forget to inspect fire door after a fire has taken place. It is possible that some of the components have become damaged or cracked. Therefore, door may require urgent repairs or maintenance to restore its use.
4. Take the new fire door code lightly. Annual inspections will be strongly enforced as of Nov. 1, 2016.
5. Forget to clean and lubricate the guides, pulleys, and rails of your fire door as part of proper maintenance.
6. Use cutting lines or heating devices for releasing the fire door during performance tests.
Fire doors are a key element in a fire barrier system. Keep them protecting building occupants with regular inspections and maintenance.
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