Fire Door and Egress Assembly Inspection
Every day, we quietly put our trust in fire doors. In the event of a fire, they’re critical barriers that are supposed to close and isolate the risk, but also unlatch to allow people to escape. Can you trust your fire doors will perform as designed?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has found that the most common problem with fire doors is their failure to close during a fire. This is commonly due to a damaged or improperly maintained closer, door, guide, or track. As a result, regulations in NFPA 80 require the annual inspection of fire doors and egress assembly openings.
Similarly, local Life Safety codes are catching up to the need to inspect and maintain building fire doors. Under Chicago’s Life Safety Ordinance, ignoring the inspection and maintenance of fire doors can result in severe fines.
Healthcare: Where Fire Doors Can’t Fail
The stakes get higher when your building’s occupants have limited mobility.
Joint Commission officials perform no-notice inspections on healthcare facilities, inspections that impact accreditation. No inspector can visit a facility without passing by countless fire door and egress assemblies.
Glavin Security Specialists can help your facility and compliance team meet and exceed the high standards of the Joint Commission. Our team will recommend an inspection schedule unique to your facility and floor plan that ensures any problems will be found and fixed.
Staying Compliant: It’s Your Reputation
Under NFPA Life Safety Code 18.104.22.168, new and existing buildings must have doors inspected and tested after installation, upon completion of maintenance work, and continually on an annual basis. Doors with panic hardware, fire exit hardware, or door assemblies in exit enclosures, electrically controlled egress doors, and door assemblies with special locking arrangements must all be tested. A written record of the inspections and testing must be signed and retained for review by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Records must be retained for at least three years and the media used must be able to survive for the required retention period.
Glavin Knows Fire Doors
For over 60 years, Chicago institutions have trusted Glavin Security Specialists. We install and maintain secure door hardware and our professional inspectors all have over 80 hours of NFPA Fire Door and Egress Assembly Inspection training. Our inspectors are Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection (FDAI)-certified so we can ensure compliance with Life Safety regulations.
Contact Glavin Security Specialists today at (312) 850-6700 for an assessment of your floor plan.