What makes a Fire Door Compliant?

For a Fire Door to be compliant, NFPA 80-2007 Edition, paragraph states that as a minimum, the following items shall be verified:

  1. No pen holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or the frame.
  2. Glazing, vision light frames and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened.
  3. The door, frame, hinges, hardware and noncombustible threshold are secured, aligned and in working order.
  4. No parts are missing or broken.
  5. Door clearances at the door edge to the frame, at the pull side of the door, do not exceed the clearances list in 4.8.4 and 6.3.1 Bottom Maximum ¾” (19mm), 3/8” (9.5mm) for 38” above floor/ Wood Top&Sides Max 1/8” (3.18mm)/ Steel Top&Sides&ME Pairs 1/16”-3/16” (1.59-4.76mm)
  6. The self-closing device is operational, that is, the active door completely closes when operated from the full open position.
  7. If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before the active leaf.
  8. Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position.
  9.  Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door
    or frame.
  10. No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label.
  11. Gasketing and edge seals, where required are inspected to verify their presence and


NFPA-80, Section 5.2.1 states, "Fire door assemblies should be inspected and tested not less than annually, and a written record of the inspection should be signed and kept for inspection by the AHJ."  (Authority Having Jurisdiction)

The 2003 Rhode Island 'Station Nightclub' tragedy left 100 people dead and became the crucial event that led to the enactment of annual fire door inspections.

A new Fire Code is in effect mandating the annual inspection of all fire doors.

NFPA-80 adherence differs from your Fire Life Safety System in that it deals strictly with proper function and compliance of all swinging fire doors and their frames, not just those attached to the Fire Life Safety System.

NFPA-80 requires inspections to be carried out by professional individuals with an understanding of fire rated door assemblies.

AFDS is comprised exclusively of Fire Door Inspectors.

We specialize exclusively in fire door inspection!

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