Stamp Out Fire Door Neglect With A Fire Door Inspection Checklist
It’s Fire Door Safety Week in the UK, which is held the last week in September, and is aimed at educating the importance of properly maintaining fire doors. Unfortunately, for many people, fire doors are just another entrance from one room to the next. But they are so much more than that! Fire doors are specifically designed to help keep occupants lives safe while also preventing further property damage during a fire emergency. They are often the first line of defense in a fire, so the maintenance and management of each door can be the difference between life and death for building occupants.
Fire Door Inspection Checklist:
- Labels are clearly visible and legible.
- No open holes or breaks on the surface of the door or frame.
- Glazing, vision light frames, and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened in place.
- The door, frame, hinge, hardware, and non-combustible threshold are secured, aligned, and in working order with no visible signs of damage.
- No parts are missing or broken.
- Door clearances do not exceed clearances listed in 4.8.4 and 18.104.22.168 of NFPA 80.
- The self-closing device is operational. The active door completely closes when operated from the full open position.
- If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before the active leaf.
- Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position.
- Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door or frame.
- No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label.
- Meeting edge protectors, gasketing and edge seals, where required, are inspected to verify their presence and integrity.
- Signage affixed to door meets the requirements listed in 4.1.4 of NFPA 80.
- Fire doors and fire windows shall be classified by designating a required fire protection rating expressed in hours or fraction therefore.
- Signs shall not be installed on glazing material.
- Only labeled fire resistance rated or fire protection rated glazing material shall be used.
- Field installed protection plates shall be labeled and installed in accordance with the listing.
- Labeling shall not be required where the top of the protection plate is not more than 16 inches above the bottom of the door.
- Only labeled fire door louvers shall be used in fire doors.
That’s a lot to check, but if one thing isn’t working properly then the whole fire door won’t work properly. Fire doors are an important piece in a building’s overall fire and smoke barrier management. By helping to contain fire and smoke to a remote location, fire doors also provide a safe evacuation for occupants with an easy egress out of the building.
Help us stamp out fire door neglect and spread the word about the importance of fire doors and how they can help save lives when it matters most!