Fire Doors, Compliant or Not?

When flipping through NFPA 80 Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives the complexities of fire door maintenance and compliance becomes increasingly apparent. With so many different types of fire doors and each door having so many components, deficiencies can creep up on you. Quiz yourself on fire door compliance.

Think you know the codes like the back of your hand? Each fire door pictured below has at least one violation, if not more. Test your knowledge by trying to figure out the code violations of the fire doors below. A big thanks to our certified fire door inspectors for supplying us with the pics!

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Here’s the answers:

A.     A . The metal door is broken.

Code Violation:

NFPA 80 5.2.3.5 Swinging Doors with Builders Hardware or Fire Door Hardware

5.2.3.5.2

2) No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or the frame

5) No parts are missing or broken

  1.       B .  There is a wood block behind the closer

Code Violation:

NFPA 80 5.2.3.5 Swinging Doors with Builders Hardware or Fire Door Hardware

5.2.3.5.2

7) The self closing device is operational; that is, the active door completely closes when operated from a full open position

11) No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label

  1. C .   The lockset is removed

Code Violation:

NFPA 80 5.2.3.5 Swinging Doors with Builders Hardware or Fire Door Hardware

5.2.3.5.2

5) No parts missing or broken

11) No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label

2) No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or frame

  1. D.  There is a chair holding door open, missing middle hinge

Code Violation:

NFPA 80 5.2.3.5 Swinging Doors with Builders Hardware or Fire Door Hardware

5.2.3.5.2

7) The self-closing device is operational; that is, the active door completely closes when operated from the full open position

11) No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label

5) No parts missing or broken

  1.        E Non rated door knob

Code Violation:

NFPA 80 5.2.3.5 Swinging Doors with Builders Hardware or Fire Door Hardware

5.2.3.5.2

5) No parts missing or broken

11) No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label

If you need help keeping your doors completely compliant feel free to reach out to us. Our door inspectors have extensive training (Door and Hardware Institude Certified) and know all the codes inside and out. They can inspect your doors quickly and accurately with in depth reporting for you to keep on hand for AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction).

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