Effective January 1, healthcare facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid are required to test their fire and smoke doors on an annual basis. This is to ensure the buildings are in compliance with the 2010 National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
As a business owner, have you had your building inspected for fire safety? If not, how important is it to know how well the fire doors work in your building?
The most visible and recent example of improper fire safety is the fire that ignited on Thursday, December 28 in an apartment building in the Bronx. The worst fire to ignite in New York City in almost three decades, according to the New York City Fire Department, began as a fire in one apartment and spread up the stairwell of the building. This was a direct result of leaving the door to the burning unit open.
“When fire doors are not working properly, fire can spread through a building faster than people can get to safety,” said Robert Chillino, certified fire door assembly inspector (FDAI)and owner of Infinite Doors. “Improperly operating fire doors in all facilities can be an extreme life safety hazard to patrons of these buildings, as seen in the recent news tragedy.”
As a certified FDAI, Chillino conducts detailed visual and functional testing of fire door assemblies. Upon inspecting a facility’s doors, he provides information about how to ensure the doors comply with the applicable codes in a particular jurisdiction.
“Building fires happen every day, but you may not hear aboutthem because the fire doors worked properly and the people got out safely,” Chillino said. “Whether or not it is required by law, it’s beneficial for the property owner and building occupants to have fire and egress doors inspected to prevent injuries or death.”
For more information about fire and egress door safety in your facility, contact Robert Chillino at 970-260-4483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.infinitedoors.net to find out more about Infinite Doors, LLC.
About Infinite Doors:
Infinite Doors is a Colorado company with forty years of experience providing a full service commercial door and hardware installation. Infinite Doors operates with the highest level of professionalism and provides quality Fire Door and Egress Inspections for many facilities, including schools, daycares, and hospitals, assisted care facilities, and more. The website to contact Infinite Doors for a fire safety inspection is www.infinitedoors.net