Fire Doors in commercial buildings must be inspected annually.
Lately, we’ve been hearing from our customers that the local Fire Marshals are enforcing NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 requirements for Fire Door maintenance in commercial properties (offices, apartment buildings, etc.) and educational institutions (heard from a large Northern CA university). We have received news from several of these new customers that they have been cited for non-compliant fire doors by the fire marshal in Alameda, Contra Costa, and some areas of Orange and Los Angeles Counties here in California.
This may be a good time to take action on any life safety requirements you have been putting off.
For your reference, here is a list of requirements for life safety services for commercial buildings that fire marshals could potentially cite you for:
- NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 require annual fire door inspections and related reports to the those inspections. Fire doors must also be consistently kept in “proper working condition” to protect building occupants and hold back smoke and flames in the event of a fire.
- Fire Dampers must be inspected every 4 years to ensure functionality and related reports to these inspections must be provided upon request.
- Firewalls within the building must be maintained on a regular basis and any holes or breaks in these barriers must be firestopped with the appropriate UL materials and systems.
Most recently, it seems that the fire marshals are mostly citing fire doors. NFPA requirements for fire doors have no really been enforced in past years, but it looks like this year fire doors may be a hot topic for fire marshals.