It is the Building owner/Property Manager responsibility to keep proper maintenance under the requirements of NFPA 80 (Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives) and NFPA 101 (Life Safety Codes) for making sure the inspections and testing of fire door assemblies and Egress doors are incompliance with specific codes. Having proper working fire door assemblies and egress doors may save lives.
Our experienced inspectors at Infinite Doors are FDAI trained, certified and qualified to inspect fire doors and egress doors. Infinite Doors has successfully completed a prescribed series of courses presented by the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) and has passed a rigorous 4-hour exam, plus continuously maintains their certification through continuing education. Infinite Doors is also certified through Intertek and a Professional Education Advocate through the Door Security and Safety Foundation. Fire Door & Egress Inspections and Commercial Door and Hardware Installations are our specialty.
Inspectors of fire door assemblies and egress doors are responsible for performing the inspection by testing components correctly and reporting findings accurately and thoroughly. They are simply recording and reporting the conditions of the fire door assemblies as of the date and time of the inspections with proper documentation to the building owner or facility manager.
1. A maintenance report for each fire door assembly should be available for the Authority Having Jurisdiction’s (AHJ) review to confirm that the necessary corrective actions have been completed or are in the process of being completed.
2. A detailed report determines the overall condition of the fire door assemblies in the building to present to AHJ.
3. A summary report summarizes the findings as of the date of the visual inspections and operational testing such as the general condition, total number of inspected, number of deficiencies, nature of deficiencies, emphasis on the need to maintain fire door assemblies in good working order.
The owner of a building must be able to provide to AHJ evidence of the inspections of fire door assemblies that have been installed. These records of the inspections may need to be retained for a span of 3 to 5 years and sometimes longer.
A detailed report will include the following information for each assembly: Door number or other unique identifier, type of fire door assembly, fire-protection rating, remarks and/or comments (including documentation of special conditions affecting the assembly, list of deficiencies, recommended corrective actions.
• All inspections will be recorded to supply you with the necessary documentation for each fire door and egress door to ensure you are incompliance with the code regulations.
• Every inspection we provide are very in-depth steps and procedures listing detailed breakdowns of any issues needed to be addressed.
Here are some of our procedures during inspection:
Eight Steps to Performing Visual Inspections of Fire Door Assemblies
1. Check Door Leaf for Label
2. Check Frame for Label
3. Inspecting the Frame: Pull Side
4. Inspecting the Door: Pull Side
5. Inspecting Vertical Edges of Doors (including Wood Fire Doors)
6. Inspecting the Frame: Push Side
7. Inspecting the Door: Push Side
8. Inspecting Hardware:
Verify: Hang the Door, Secure the Door, Control the Door and Protect the Door
Thirteen Inspection Steps According to the NFPA80 Edition.
NFPA 80: Requires swinging fire doors with builder hardware to perform three basic functions:
1. Swing freely
2. Close completely
3. Latch Securely
NFPA 101: Life Safety Code
1. States any door locking device that compromises life safety should NOT be approved by any jurisdiction.
2. States any temporary door locking devices are deadly and increase the number of potential casualties.
3. Focuses on informing organizations about the unintended safety and security consequences of these inadequate devices
4. A professional is trained to ensure that every entrance and exit meets code and can provide an invaluable balance of safety and security in an occupied building during evacuations or if a secure location is needed.
Top Ten Deficiencies: Infinite Doors will determine if any of your fire doors or egress doors have any of the most commonly observed deficiencies found, such as improper installation of the door or hardware or their usage, which may cause a safety or security issue.