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Fire Door Inspection and Testing

Fire Door Inspection

Houston automatic doors strictly follow the NFPA 80 guidelines for fire doors. Our inspection experts will inspect both sides of your door to assess the overall condition and assembly of each opening, recording findings for future repair and reporting. We will inform your facility team on factors that have the greatest risk of future failure due to high frequency use or risk of damage during normal operation.

Many facilities are accustomed to doing inspections for life safety exit devices (such as fire alarms, emergency lighting or sprinkler systems) annually. Preventing the spread of fire and smoke via fire doors is just as important; but it gets overlooked. Fire door inspections are the first step toward fire door compliance. Fire doors must be tested and inspected on an annual basis. A ruling of non-compliance could have tragic consequences.

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In addition to being an essential part of a fire prevention strategy, fire doors are now covered by a variety of building codes and codes of practice. A review or audit of fire door maintenance and inspection practices will determine the current effectiveness of a facility’s policy. Doing so may help guarantee occupancy safety and security, as well as assess the degree to which local fire codes are being observed.

Fire doors are special doors that are designed to withstand or restrict the spread of fire. Their main purpose is to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, as well as to limit drafts caused by pressure differences. Fire doors are usually equipped with a breakaway device allowing them to be opened or forced open in an emergency. Fire doors may be intended for individual rooms or hallways connecting the spaces.

In addition to the safety aspect, fire doors represent a significant portion of property owners’ annual operating costs. When a fire door fails to function properly, property owners face a number of expenses including property damage and clean up, lost revenue, and most importantly risking the lives of people in or near their facility.

Fire doors are an integral part of any fire safety plan, but often go unnoticed until it's too late. The importance of having fire doors in place is vital to the continued safety of people inside of a building. Fire doors are required by building codes to contain fires and prevent smoke transfer, but obviously this is better achieved through proper installation and maintenance.

Fire door failures in an emergency can happen due to lack of maintenance, physical damage to the door, the closure, guides, tracks, or by obstacles blocking the fire door. Inspecting fire doors is essential in ensuring they remain closed when opened and closed when not in use.

In an emergency, every second counts when it comes to evacuating a building. In fact, there is a golden period or 30-60 seconds when smoke remains in one place and people can exit the building before being affected by the smoke. If fire doors are not maintained in good condition they will not hold back smoke during a fire. Fire doors must be operable and in working order to provide a barrier that allows egress from a building in an emergency.

Fire safety is essential for facilities, make sure your fire doors are in compliance with standards. For smoke and fire door inspections in Hatfield or Roanoke, give us a call or fill out this form and we will contact you within the same or next business day.

Houston automatic doors recommends inspecting your fire door safety on an annual basis. Just follow these simple steps to remain in compliance with the NFPA code standards. Smoke and fire door inspections are essential for public safety. Don’t wait until it’s too late. We can help you identify any areas of non-compliance so that you can ensure the safety of your building.

NFPA Life Safety 2012 recognizes doors in both non-fire rated and fire-rated separations in health care occupancies. The new code applies to both inpatient units and inpatient units with secured units, psychiatric hospital units, detoxification units, alcohol recovery units, rehabilitation units, outpatient units, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging clinics, ambulatory surgical treatment facilities, care provider rooms in nursing homes or assisted living residences with secured beds for the elderly or incapacitated residents

Smoke and fire door inspections help you make well informed decisions about your hospital's doors and will ultimately keep your staff and patients safe. Regular fire door inspection is the best way to maintain code compliance. Never hesitate to contact us with any issues related to fire doors in healthcare facilities, Houston automatic doors are here to help.

In order to protect against the spread of fire and smoke within, into, or out of buildings, facility managers need to implement preventative maintenance and fire door inspection programs in accordance with local and national standards. Fire door maintenance and inspection provide a safe and secure environment for all concerned.

Unless you follow NFPA-101 2012 guidelines, you might be risking thousands of lives. Once your facility receives an unannounced investigation from the JACHO or CMS, it's hard to repair your reputation. To ensure safety and security, facility managers should implement fire door inspection programs as part of company policies.

Fire doors protect people and buildings, so it's important to know how they work and inspect them regularly for better protection. Fire door failures in an emergency can happen due to lack of maintenance, physical damage to the door, the closure, guides, tracks, or by obstacles blocking the fire door. Each of these put employees and customers at risk in case of a fire emergency.

Houston automatic doors strictly follow the NFPA 80 guidelines for fire doors. Our inspection experts will inspect both sides of your door to assess the overall condition and assembly of each opening, recording findings for future repair and reporting. Houston automatic doors will inform your facility team on factors that have the greatest risk of future failure due to high frequency use or risk of damage during normal operation.

Compliant Fire Doors In Healthcare

Give us a call to meet with an expert about fire door repairs and Fire Door Inspections in Hatfield or Roanoke. If fire doors don't work, then the emergency exit will not open during an emergency. This can lead to disaster. Houston automatic door service technicians perform fire door system safety tests at annually/annually, biannually, biennially, bimonthly, quarterly or semi-annually maintenance intervals.

Must have NFPA life safety signs. Install self-closing doors, period. Fire safety begins with doors that can close automatically. We like to meet our customers face to face. But we understand if you prefer to email and text and will respond back in a timely manner (usually same day).

Having compliant fire doors is an NFPA code regulation that all healthcare facilities must meet on an annual basis. Effective July 5, 2016, The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted the NFPA Life Safety 2012 code standards.

Fire Door Inspection, Fire Door Repair, Labeling

Newly adopted 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code requires healthcare facilities to adhere to NFPA 80, 2010 edition for Fire Doors.

NFPA 80 code 5.2.1: Fire Door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less than annually, and a written record of the inspection shall be signed and kept for review/verification by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ)

NFPA 80 code 5.2.3.1: Functional testing of the Fire Door and window assemblies shall be performed by individuals with knowledge and understanding of the operating components of the type of door being subject to testing

  • Fire Door Inspections: All fire door inspections are performed to code standards. Our team of qualified fire door inspectors are proficient in NFPA 80 and are versed in the unique conditions of healthcare facilities. Our fire door inspectors receive training on an semi-annual basis to stay up-to-date of code changes and to continue providing quality fire door inspections.
  • Fire Door Repairs: All fire door repairs are performed to code standards. Repairing Fire doors requires technical skills and precision. Our fire door team is highly qualified and trained to meet compliance standards.
  • Fire Door Labeling: Labels on fire doors, frames, or other components of a fire door assembly, are the identifying mark that the fire door or component has been tested and has passed the criteria required by test standards. Fire door labels should not be removed, or made illegible while the fire door is in service.

Fire door, Inspections, Drop Testing, and Repair When it comes to fire safety, it's important to be proactive not reactive. While the last thing you want to do is waste time, once an emergency happens there's no time to waste! Fire doors act as an automatic closure mechanism. They are often the first line of defense against the spread of fire.

Like any other piece of safety equipment, fire doors should be inspected periodically to identify any issues that may affect performance. They should also be drop tested to ensure they're up to code. If you're not sure whether an issue is affecting your fire door, give one of our specialists a call! It's important to stay informed about the latest changes.

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