CA LICENSE #1093699

Fire Door Inspections

Who needs to be inspected?

In short, every commercial building containing doors with Fire Labels.

Beginning with the 2007 edition and continuing with subsequent editions, NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (Section 5.2 “Inspection and Testing”) requires all fire door assemblies to be inspected not less than annually. In addition, the 2013 and 2016 editions mandate inspections after installation and after maintenance work.

When fire and life-safety codes reference one of these editions of the standard with regard to maintaining fire door assemblies, this requirement becomes effective and enforceable in jurisdictions where the code has been adopted.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code, which references the 2010 edition of NFPA 80. Inspections by the Joint Commission and other CMS-approved accrediting organizations are based on these publications. 

Therefore, health care facilities that are subject to inspections by the Joint Commission are required to provide documentation of their fire door assembly inspections. Each fire door assembly must be inspected using the following criteria:

13 Key Inspections Points for Fire Rated Doors

Stay Compliant, stay safe.

NFPA 80 requires that inspections be performed yearly, and that full record of each opening is saved on a medium that will survive a retention period of 3 years. In many cases, AHJs are not able to visit each building or facility in their jurisdiction every year. Periodic inspection records should be retained for the intervening time between the AHJ's visits. AHJs need to know periodic inspection and testing is being conducted in accordance with NFPA 80's requirements. Retaining inspection records for the periods between AHJs' visits documents that the inspections took place on schedule and that the fire door, shutter, and window assemblies are being properly monitored. For this reason, it might be necessary to retain periodic inspection records for more than three years. Don't be caught off guard! Contact us today and let us help you get your records on file and your doors in compliance. We can help prepare you for your next fire inspection!