Fire Door Inspection Service

Function of Fire Door Assemblies

Fire door assemblies are designed to provide time for occupants to escape a burning building. They are also designed to protect the structural integrity of the building long enough for firefighters to extinguish the flames.
Few people fully comprehend the tremendous forces and stresses fire door assemblies are subjected to under fire conditions. All that is left is a shell, warped and misshapen, serving as a testament to the ingenuity and manufacturing processes that produced products able to withstand fire and provide protection for human lives.

Why Building Inspections?

Consider the consequences of failing to properly maintain fire door assemblies. A seemingly minor defect can result in serious injuries and death to occupants in your building(s). Neglecting to take corrective actions could result in liability and be sufficient cause for the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to issue citations and fines. 2

What is the Solution?

Construction Hardware is certified to inspect your facilities to comply with NFPA 80, and CBC code requirements. We our able to provide a complete fire door inspection, and supply a copy of results to the building owner. The inspection documents must be kept on file for the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
After the inspection, we can offer to supply doors, frames, and hardware, to bring your doors up to code, and stamp all doors with a Warnock Hersey certificate of compliance. Please contact us for more information.

California Building Code (CBC)
Effective as of January 1, 2009

Pg 601: Adoption of NFPA 80- 07 Pg 701: Item 8 chapter 35
This supplement becomes enforceable on August 1, 2009 All buildings must be in compliance with the following:

5.2 Inspections

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 inspection by the authority having jurisdiction. (NFPA 80 2007) Functional testing of 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. (NFPA 80 2007) Before testing, a visual inspection shall be performed to identify any damaged or missing parts that can create a hazard during testing or affect operation or resetting. (NFPA 80 2007)

5.2.2 Performance-Based Option As an alternate means of compliance with 5.2.1, subject to the AHJ, fire door assemblies shall be permitted to be inspected, tested, and maintained under a written performance based program.

1-2 P.3 OwnerS Guide: Swinging Fire Doors With Building Hardware, by Keith Pardoe (2007)