Unfortunately there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to fire door testing. Fire doors are designed to slow the progress of a fire. They may also be regularly used as security doors or they may only be in place in case of a fire.
There are many reasons why Fire Doors fail – we regularly test doors that do not close properly. In fact it is not unusual for us to find that over half of doors we test fail. The good news is that fixing the problem is usually straight forward maintenance.
All of the following statements are misconceptions we have heard. None of these statements are correct. The reality is that if you have fire doors in your building,Nat they must be tested annually according to the National Fire Protection Association which is also adopted by Minnesota Fire Code.
FIRE DOOR MISUNDERSTANDINGS
Reality: Fire doors must be tested to close to the manufacturer’s specifications in order to properly function in a fire, not to your requirements.
Reality: Fire doors may also serve as security doors but some fire doors are activated only by a fire.
Reality: One of the most important parts of a fire door test is to actually drop the door and verify that is closes properly.
Reality: All relevant codes, including NFPA-80 and the Minnesota Fire code require that they are tested annually.
Reality: No distinction is made by how often the door is used
Reality: The fire doors are strategically placed to slow the progress of a fire so even if they are not regularly used they need to be tested.
For complete specifications or more information visit the Minnesota Fire Marshall website or the National Fire Protection Association website.
Call us at (651) 683-0307 to talk with a Fire Door Specialist