Over the past few years, CMS and local AHJ’s have placed a higher importance on fire doors and NFPA requirements. If you aren’t aware, NFPA 80 requires that fire doors are inspected no less than annually.
NFPA 80 5.2.1 Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less than annually, and a written record of the inspection shall be signed and kept for inspection by the AHJ.
While the code doesn’t require that the inspections be conducted by a certified inspector, it does state that the person conducting the inspection should be knowledgeable about the fire doors. Thanks to the NFPA, that is pretty much left up to interpretation by the AHJ and allows them to accept or reject the inspection report. What makes a person knowledgeable? He/she has walked through doors for years? An architect that has designed buildings? Sat through a few YouTube videos? The safe answer is a certification and training. Even a few hours of training can teach you the basics that you probably weren’t aware of.
Fire Door assemblies are made up of parts that make the whole. Every part of the door is required to be tested and rated. You can not use non-rated hardware on a fire door and be compliant. You can not use parts to correct deficiencies on fire doors with parts that have not been tested.
Clearances are the most common deficiency we find on fire rated doors. Usually they can be corrected by shimming the door. Some extreme issues require other methods, but I’m going with the less than extreme deficiency. Accurate Fire Door has conducted repairs across the country for a wide variety of commercial properties. We are always amazed at what people will use to shim a door. Cardboard, vinyl, rubber, wire, etc. These methods of shimming a door are not acceptable and put the building and lives at risk. We only use approved materials when we correct deficiencies. We leave knowing that your doors are compliant and safe. The parts we use have been tested and approved by a certified testing agency for use on fire doors. The approval indicates that the fire door will function as intended with these parts.
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