LSS Life Safety Services®(LSS) offers fire door inspections and repairs as a compliment to our passive fire-protection inspection services.
Fire-rated doors are an integral part of not just the building’s passive fire-protection system but the building’s overall fire protection. A properly operating fire door, just like a properly operating fire damper, is a key component in the compartmentalization of a building to stop the spread of deadly fire, smoke, and toxic fumes and gases. For the fire door to operate successfully the entire fire assembly must operate, and the fire door is just one part of the overall fire assembly. The assembly is composed of the fire door, frame, fire exit hardware, door closers, hinges, locks, door bolts, and other door components that when combined provide varying degrees of fire protection that is contingent on the door fire rating (e.g. 45 minutes, 90 minutes). In addition to all of the components of a fire door assembly there are multiple categories of fire doors: horizontal sliding; fire shutters; swinging; vertically sliding; chutes; and overhead rolling fire doors.
Combining the critical role fire doors play in fire protection the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), The International Code Council (ICC), and The Joint Commission all require the inspection of fire doors. The two primary NFPA Codes that have requirements for the maintenance and inspection of fire doors are NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Protective Opening Protectives®.
Fire doors and door hardware are subject to failure due to the constant usage they take in high traffic areas, such as busy corridors in hospitals and schools. Constant usage can lead to misalignment of the door which could potentially lead to failure of the door to close in the event of a fire, which NFPA claims to be the most common failure of fire doors during an actual fire. Other common non-compliant issues are holes or openings in the fire door assembly, improper gaps, missing labels, failure of latching hardware to operate, missing screws, door coordinator operates improperly, non-working self-closing devices, missing gasketing, improper kick plates (protective plates) sizes, improper field modifications, and numerous other problems.
All of the potential areas that can cause a fire door to be non-compliant have led to updated fire door inspection standards in the 2007 Edition of NFPA 80® that in concert with NFPA 101® have provided a detailed guideline for the inspection and maintenance of fire and smoke doors for facility managers to follow. NFPA 80, Section 5.2.1 states “Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less then annually, and a written record of the inspection shall be signed and kept for inspection by the AHJ.” NFPA 80 also requires that the inspections be carried out by qualified individuals with understanding of fire rated door assemblies.
Stringent guidelines for annual fire door inspection have led facility managers to seek qualified contractors to carry out the inspections. LSS’ has thorough knowledge of NFPA 80 and has worked in over 4,000 commercial facilities across the country – our fire door inspection services can help you maintain compliance with NFPA guidelines.
LSS ’ fire door inspection protocol is one of the industry’s most detailed, inspecting over seventy (90) items on each fire door assembly, which more than encompasses NFPA 80, section 188.8.131.52’s eleven (11) major inspection points. At the conclusion of the fire door inspection LSS provides our client with an industry leading report. The report includes:
LSS can also offer package programs to inspect a percentage of your facility’s dampers while performing the annual inspection of the fire and smoke doors; giving the client the best value possible.
Our fire door inspection reports are available via our web-based custom web-based software, LSS Site Surveyor®.
LSS Life Safety Services is on the GSA Federal Supply Schedule, Contract # GS-21F-0056X
GSA Contract Products:
SIN 541-099 – Fire and Smoke Damper Inspections and Repair
SIN 541-099 – Fire Door Inspections
Contact LSS Life Safety Services® today to receive more information about our fire and smoke door inspection program.