Fire Door Testing
FIRE DOOR INSPECTION is required in all municipalities.
NFPA 80 requires all Fire Doors to be Tested Annually. Section 188.8.131.52 reads: All horizontal or vertical sliding and rolling doors shall be inspected and tested annually to check for proper operation and full closure. Resetting of the release mechanism shall be done in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. A written record shall be maintained and be made available to the authority having jurisdiction. 15.5.3 States when a fire door, frame, or any part or its appurtenances receives damage to the extent it could impair the door’s proper emergency function it shall be repaired with parts obtained from the original door’s manufacturer. Upon completion of repairs the door shall be tested to assure emergency operation and closing.
Fire Door testing includes:
Simulate fire call by physically disconnecting the fuse link at farthest/highest point to determine if linkage will fall away properly and release door and if door will release and close to the fully closed position
Rolling Fire Door Testing
Rolling Fire Doors are the most common application for an opening. They close by slowly lowering after the activation mechanism, such as a fusible link or alarm system sets them off. They roll down the opening to seal off a fire
Sliding Fire Door Testing
Sliding fire doors close in the event of a fire using counterbalance weights the pull the door into a closed position. When adjusted correctly, they seal off the opening to prevent the spread of fire in the building.
Swing Door Testing
Swing fire doors are pedestrian doors that are rated to withstand a fire. They must self-close without obstructions or assistance at the NFPA specified speed and latch tightly to prevent the spread of a fire. Any sealing or gap issues can prevent the door from being compliant, or effectively holding back a fire.