When were building owners/Managers made responsible for fire door inspections?

The NFPA Code 80 was changed in 2007; transferring the inspecting responsibility for Fire Safety from from Authorities Having Jurisdiction to whoever has "DAY to DAY" control of building premises. This is known as the Responsible Party" This person must take steps to reduce the risk from fire; consider how to contain a fire should one break out and ensure people can escape safely.  They also need to be able to identify a Competent Person i.e. Knowledgeable, qualified professional who can undertake preventative and protective measures, such as Fire Door Inspections, if they themselves are not confident or knowledgeable enough to do it.

​Why are Fire Doors so Important?

Fire Doors save lives and protect property. effective fire doors are essential to ensure that occupants can evacuate a burning building swiftly and safely; avoiding potentially Life Safety consequences. Escape routes in building such as Care Facilities, Schools, Hotels, Condo, Office Buildings, Etc. require significant protection; and fire doors are probably the single most important element in giving occupants time to safely evacuate the building. A fire Door is not just the door; it is a complete assembly comprising the frame, any glazing, intumescent fire and smoke seals and all ironongery that is used on the door, such as hinges, closers, Locks and latches. Just like other life safety devices, such as fire extinguishers and alarms, Fire Doors and Final escape doors need regular, stringent inspection and maintenance to ensure that they will perform as intended in th event of a fire.


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