Fire Door Testing – A Quick Way to Make Your Building Safe and Compliant

When designing a building’s interior, aesthetics and functionality are important but safety is critical. A commercial space should be conducive to comfort and relaxation, and this is not possible if the building is unsafe. An important part of ensuring a building’s safety is having it fire inspected. Although it may be unpleasant to think about, a fire is always possible. In the event that one occurs, you want to give any occupants the best chance possible to make it to safety. This is particularly true if you have commercial fire doors. The proper testing ensures that your fire doors will do their job in the case of a fire.

Generally, companies conduct a few different examinations as part of the process of fire door testing. Minnesota residents should read over carefully what a company’s inspection protocol entails, to be sure it meets the requirements of national and state fire codes.

Parts Check

It’s common for fire door testing to include a parts check. This ensures that all the mechanisms of the fire door run smoothly and efficiently. This includes making sure slats aren’t or bent or torn, end locks aren’t missing, and that there isn’t a buildup of grease or grime that could prevent a part from working.

Operational Inspection

This ensures that the door is sound mechanically, it moves smoothly along its guides exhibiting a full range of motion. Additionally, spring tension is also checked during this part of the testing procedure. Also, if the door is equipped with a smoke detector the detector will be checked for any malfunctions.

Drop Test

A fire door is supposed to drop down at a rate between 6” a second and 24” a second. The drop test determines that the fire door falls at an acceptable rate. This helps ensure that the drop release arms are not blocked or wedged.

If a door passes all of the necessary tests it will be issued with a tag proving that it passed inspection. Companies often seek certification that complies with the following organizations; the NFPA, IDA, IDEA, and UL. Most companies will have their fire doors inspected and tested at least once a year.

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