In accordance with NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, fire door assemblies used in all types of commercial, educational, industrial, and institutional buildings and structures are required to be maintained in working condition throughout the life of their installations. Building owners and facility management personnel are responsible for the ongoing inspection, testing, and maintenance of the fire door assemblies in their respective facilities and properties. However, many times they are not aware of their obligation or possess the expertise on staff to correctly assess the condition of the door assemblies.
Buildings and structures that are subject to the requirements of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, require safety inspection and testing of fire and egress door assemblies that fall into the following categories:
- Doors leaves equipped with panic hardware or fire exit hardware devices.
- Door assemblies installed in exit enclosures.
- Electrically controlled egress door assemblies.
- Door assemblies outfitted with special locking arrangements (e.g., delayed-egress locking systems, access-controlled egress door assemblies, and elevator lobby exit access door assemblies locking).
- Smoke leakage-rated door assemblies (subject to the requirements of NFPA 105, Standard for Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives).
Preparing for the initial inspection survey can be a seemingly overwhelming task. Likewise, understanding and interpreting the myriad of code and standard requirements that affect fire and egress door assemblies, as well as the nearly infinite combinations of door frame, door, and door hardware components requires the door assembly inspectors to have an immense amount of experience, expertise, and knowledge.
Pardoe Consulting is uniquely qualified to assist building owners and property management personnel in designing and implementing a door inspection and maintenance program for their buildings and facilities. And, when needed, Pardoe Consulting is qualified to perform the actual safety inspections and provide guidance in completing the corrective action work that might be needed to bring the door assemblies into compliance with the codes and standards.