The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Door Hardware Institute (DHI) recently teamed up to host a webinar regarding fire door inspections and maintenance. The association had come to the conclusion that many fire door inspectors were not properly inspecting fire rated doors due to limited knowledge and experience. This, combined with a lack of available training for inspectors, has led to an overall increase in the amount of failing fire doors during building fires.
According to NFPA 80, fire doors are one of the most important components of passive fire protection in a building. However, in order to properly hold back and compartmentalize fire, fire doors must be kept in appropriate working condition at all times. Many individuals assume that because the door closes completely and latches, or because there is a label on the door assembly, that the door is in working condition. However, this is not the case. These fire doors can deteriorate from use and every fire door needs a tune-up occasionally. Door clearances, hardware, glaze, and modifications, are all things that need to be properly inspected and maintained on a regular basis.
Fire door inspections are required by NFPA 80 to be performed no less than annually on all fire doors and DHI recommends these inspections be performed by trained and experienced individuals. Don’t leave your door inspections to chance. PREVENT has certified fire door inspectors on staff and has performed thousands of fire door inspections across the west coast. We can also make the appropriate repairs and help you to get certified, so you won’t need to call multiple contractors. We make it easy.
Call us today and we’ll help you make sure that your fire doors are up to code or request a free quote.