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Is It Time for a Fire Door Service in Your Building? What to Know

Time for a Fire Door Service in Your Building? What to Know - Fraker Fire

While doors might not be the first thing you think of regarding fire protection, they can be highly effective. Forming part of a passive fire protection system, fire doors can contain ablaze and also prevent harmful fumes and smoke from spreading.

In order to achieve both of the above, fire doors have to be in perfect working order. However, they are often an overlooked part of a fire protection system.

Today we will talk you through a few reasons why fire door service is necessary. We also discuss some of the fire door servicing requirements and things to look out for.


How Do Fire Doors Work?

Fire doors fulfill two functions as part of a fire protection system.


What Are the Different Types of Fire Doors?

There are two general types of fire doors.

However, the above two descriptions are very broad, and there are nuances within each category.

According to the National Fire Protection Association document, NFPA 80, there are different types of fire doors, including:

All of the above have different testing and servicing requirements. Some of the above will require specialist knowledge in order to be serviced fully.


Why Need Fire Door Service?

In most cases, fire doors, just like normal doors, are subject to a fair amount of wear and tear, especially in busy areas. Seals can become worn, rough use can damage latches and hinges, and changes in humidity can warp door frames and doors alike.

Anything that degrades the door’s overall efficiency can result in substandard performance.

But what could possibly go wrong? Doors aren’t that complex, right?

Actually, quite a few requirements need to be satisfied for a fire door to be deemed ‘safe’ in an inspection.

According to NFPA 80, the document detailing fire door standards, the following criteria must be met:

The above list, while extensive, isn’t exhaustive. Swinging doors with fire door hardware have around 19 different points on which they all need to pass.


When Do Fire Doors Need to Be Serviced?

NFPA 80 states that fire door inspections need to be performed annually at a minimum. In addition to this, all newly installed doors need to be inspected once work is complete. If any maintenance action is performed on the door, the door also needs to be inspected.


How Can I Tell If a Fire Door Has Been Recently Serviced?

Actually, a fire door service is more than a simple visual check. It is an official procedure that requires a detailed record of when the test took place, what was covered, and any maintenance or servicing that was performed in accordance with NFPA 80 5.2.2.

The record is actually pretty extensive and must include the inspection date and the details of who performed the inspection (whether an individual or a professional fire protection company). It isn’t just limited to a facility overview either. A record must be kept for each and every fire door. Any deficiencies must be annotated and logged.

Once an inspection is complete and a door certified as ‘passed’, an inspection mark is normally applied to the door assembly.


Fire Door Service – The Easy Way

The above may sound very involved and quite detailed. That is because it is important. If you have a large number of fire doors in a sizeable building, then it can be difficult to keep track and ensure complete compliance.

The answer?

A professional fire protection service. They can offer detailed record keeping along with extremely thorough fire door servicing. What’s more, a good company will be able to fit new fire doors quickly and easily, should the current models be substandard.

Fraker Fire Protection, based in Los Angeles, can offer fire protection consultations for all fire protection equipment, including fire doors. With years of experience and certified inspectors, fully conversant in all NFPA codes, we are a logical choice to assess your fire protection and can even recommend and fit improvements.

Contact Fraker Fire to discuss your requirements.

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