Fire & Smoke Doors
Did you know?
Over 50% of deaths during fires are to people who are not in the fire’s originating room.
Unfortunately, there are numerous instances attributing death and injury to the failure to properly close or maintain doors within the fire area. Along with training your staff to close doors in the event of an alarm, it is imperative that an effective inspection and maintenance program be instituted.
While door inspections and requirements are mandated for all building types, they are especially important in the healthcare environment. Consider the fact that, in the event of a fire, numerous patients will have to be moved to safety – most of these patients will be unable to save themselves. You will need every possible advantage to allow for this evacuation to take place. Properly maintained doors will help contain the affected area buying you precious time.
Each door is specifically built to resist the passage of smoke and fire for a set period of time and are then selected and installed based on this resistance. Doors are truly an extension of the wall and its rating. To ensure that this resistance rating is preserved, it is important that these doors are regularly inspected and maintained.
Per code, doors located in smoke and fire barriers, as well as in corridor walls are required to be inspected at specific intervals. Inspecting doors is far more than just making sure that the door is present and that it closes. Every part of the door needs to be inspected to make sure that it will function properly when needed. It is important that there is no damage, holes, or excessive gaps that could reduce the intended rating of the door. Any such reduction could cause the door to underperform and allow for the passage of smoke.
LSE will inspect every door based on specific NFPA requirements for each type of door. Keep in mind that NFPA codes easily translate to ICC code, as well as, Joint Commission, CMS and OSHA standards.
LSE inspects against requirements listed in the following codes:
NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives
NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code
NFPA 105 - Standard for the Installation of Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives
Once complete, LSE will provide you with a comprehensive inspection report listing the pass / fail status of all inspected doors as well as Work Orders for any failed item. These Work Orders will detail the exact reason for failure making it easy for you to repair the issues.
Upon completion of each inspection, LSE will provide a detailed inspection report. Work orders will be generated with specific deficiencies found during the inspection process.