Fire Door Inspections

We offer an  expert, professional  fire door inspection services. Our Fire Door Inspectors are fully qualified. Many of them are current or former Fire-Fighters or fire door professionals with many years of experience... in the complete maintenance, installation and replacement of Fire Door assemblies. Our inspectors are fully trained to conduct and  prepare a detailed fire door  survey  schedule and then carry out the inspection of your building's door assemblies... checking over 100+individual factors and components of your fire door assemplies, as well as each door's ability to do it's job and then we prepare a full comprehensive (ITM) report on the condition and functionalty  of all the fire doors ... to be made available,  on your premises for the AHJ's verification at any time.

THE ITM REPORT

National FireDoor will provide a detailed inventory and written report on the condition and functionality of each fire door. The report is held securely online and/or in a binder at the facility.

This report must be made available  to ALL AHJ (Authorities Having Jurisdiction), Local Fire Marshals or Inspectors, Insurance Company Agents, CMS or  TJC Auditors as part of regulatory requirements to provide and ITM (Inspection, Testing & Maintenance) log book and/or accumulated inspection data file as part of their fire prevention and risk assessment of fire doors and egress opennings in the building(s)... as part of their oversight of your responsibilities

Requirements for any remedial work are identified in the ITM report.... and repairs  or replacements can be arranged if desired.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INSPECTIONS

National FireDoor’s inspection programs have a number of parts:

A client “data file” for your facility is set-up …A Survey and Complete Inventory of ALL fire rated doors must be conducted by us to determine all the doors that are to be included in the Inspection …and in what order they will be Inspected. This initial Survey is the start of building a Data Base in order to draw information from…for our Inspectors, Office Personnel, ITM reports for your AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) …i.e.: Local Fire Marshal’s, Code Enforcement Officers, CMA and/or TJC Auditors, etc. … Every door, under the code, must be a separate entry in the ITM -Data Base, a Bar Code “Identifier” Label is affixed to each door opening … information concerning that door is entered i.e.: Location, Priority, Accessibility, Size, Rating, Material, etc. … Every Inspection starts with this Initial Step. There is a cost to this step and it can run to thousands of dollars according to how many doors need to be added and how much information you can supply to help us to complete the Inventory (Building Plans, expediting access, allowable inspecting hours, etc.).

The “good News” is that the Survey , Inventory “Data Base” Setup is a “one-time expense” from then on you only pay for inspections…the Data Base is yours to work with, preform your own inspections (if your AFJ approve the personal you decide to use.

1. While the Inventory Survey is being taken …an important step is to ascertain each door’s Priority and the Accessibly being set for each door …All doors are placed in one of three Priority and one of three Categories settings

PRIORITY - 1 - The highest and most important Public Access Emergency Egress and/or Evacuation Doors in the facility. (Fire Exits, Stairwells. Large gathering rooms, Cross Corridor Smoke Doors, Kitchens, Boiler rooms

PRIORITY-  2 -The next is secondary “Public or Employee” Access from rooms or areas (offices, small meeting or Store rooms, etc.)

PRIORITY-  3 - Private Areas with limited occupancies (Apartments, Client Sleeping Rooms, Small /locked private meeting rooms, etc.)

ACCESSIBILITY - A – Fully Accessible (No access hindrance for inspectors)
ACCESSIBILITY - B – Building Management Accessible (Property Management can

ACCESSIBILITY-  C – Controlled Limited Access ( doors access is strictly controlled by Appointment, Escorted Key Access, Limited Hours, etc.)

An explanation for the categories… is that even though the NFPA and the State Fire Code states that ALL fire doors must be inspected annually… the AHJ’s have the discretion to modify what they will accept…and that can mean a huge saving in time and money for inspection fees or add sustainably to the cost.

Some clients only want the initial service to include the inspecting of the Priority 1- A doors Other clients or AHJ’s will insist on ALL means ALL. … plus– the required -Initial acquisition of all the necessary info to build the Data base and preforming the building’s Fire-Door inventory…and supplying the Identifier “Bar Code” Labels.

National FireDoor will follow our client’s directives: As to which Categories do they wish to have an inspection proposal on…I.e. PRIORITY - 1 & 2 – PLUS ACCESSIBLY – A & B .. Others only might wish to start with doors in categories 1 & A and see if that is enough to satisfy the AHJ … If more is demanded, those inspections can be added later.


Some Clients may decide to only do the most important Life Safety doors …First 1-A , it’s totally up to them… unless they already know that they must inspect ALL or certain categories.


3- Another decision is… if certain members of a client’s staff are qualified to do the inspections and the AHJ approves … we can provide in-house training for up to 3 people ( who have some knowledge but could use additional training) we can supply a one day class and manual starting at only $ 1,500.00, in order to have the class we must be hired to do the initial Set-up inventory and Data-Base.


4- Please be aware that Accessibly Doors in Category C - Controlled Limited Access doors are the hardest doors to inspect… because of the time that is required to gain access (on average)…for that reason there is an extra charge for these doors…IF however a client can make them as accessible as an “A” doors… then there may be no additional charge.


5 – Even though the Code requires annual inspections Nation FireDoor can sometime work out a multiple year arrangement with the AHJ with a special arrangement for oversight over maintenance of the inspected doors. We know there may be many questions concerning your facility…Please don’t hesitate to ask, we would be glad to meet with management boards or other interested parties in the decision making chain..

THE PARTS OF OUR INSPECTION

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN CONSIDERING HIRING NATIONAL FIREDOOR TO FULFIL YOUR “FIRE CODE” REQUIREMENT TO HAVE YOUR FIRE DOORS INSPECTED…ANNUALY

1. A client “data file” for your facility is set-up …A Survey and Complete Inventory must be conducted by us to determine all the doors that are to be included in the Inspection …and in what order they will be Inspected. This initial Survey is the start of building a Data Base for our Inspectors, Office Personnel and your AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) …i.e.: Local Fire Marshal’s, Code Enforcement Officers, CMA and/or TJC Auditors, etc. … Every door, under the code, must be a separate entry in the ITM -Data Base, a Bar Code Label is affixed to each door opening … information concerning that door is entered i.e.: Location, Accessibility, Priority, Size, Rating, Material, etc. … Every Inspection starts with this Initial Step. There is a cost to this step and it can run to thousands of dollars according to how many doors need to be added and how much information you can supply to help us to complete the Inventory (Building Plans, expediting access, allowable working hours, etc.). The “good News” is that the Survey Setup is a “one-time expense” from then on you only pay for inspections…the Data Base is yours to work with, preform your own inspections (if your AFJ approve the personal you decide to use.

2. While the Survey is being taken an important step is to ascertain each door’s Inspection Accessibly and the Priority being set for each door …All doors are placed in one of three Categories and one of three Priority settings


PRIORITY 1 - The highest and most important Public Access Emergency Egress and/or Evacuation Doors in the facility. (Fire Exits, Stairwells. Large gathering rooms, Cross Corridor Smoke Doors, Kitchens, Boiler rooms, etc.)

PRIORITY 2 - The next is secondary “Public or Employee” Access from rooms or areas (offices, small meeting or Store rooms, etc.)

PRIORITY 3 – Private Areas with limited occupancies (Apartments, Client Sleeping Rooms, Small, locked private meeting rooms, etc.)

ACCESSIBILITY A – Fully Accessible (No access hindrance for inspectors)

ACCESSIBILITY B – Building Management Accessible (Property Management can
ACCESSIBILITY C– Controlled Limited Access (Property can only be accessed by Appointment, Escorted Key Access, Very Limited Hours

An explanation for the categories… is that even though the NFPA and the State Fire Code states that ALL fire doors must be inspected annually… the AHJ’s have the discretion to modify what they will accept…and that can mean a huge saving in time and money for inspection fees or add sustainably to the cost. Some clients only want the initial Inspection to include the inspecting of the 1- A doors… plus the Data base building inventory cost… Other clients or AHJ’s will insist on ALL means ALL. National FireDoor will follow our client’s directives: As to which Categories do they wish to have an inspection proposal on…I.e. PRIORITY - 1 & 2 – PLUS ACCESSIBLY – A & B .. Others only might wish to start with doors in categories 1 & A and see if that is enough to satisfy the AHJ … If more is demanded, those inspections can be added later. Some Clients may decide to only do the most important Life Safety doors …First 1-A , it’s totally up to them… unless they already know that they must inspect ALL or certain categories.

3. Another decision is… if certain members of a client’s staff are qualified to do the inspections and the AHJ approves … we can provide in-house training for up to 3 people ( who have some knowledge but could use additional training) we can supply a one day class and manual starting at only $ 1,500.00, in order to have the class we must be hired to do the initial Set-up inventory and Data-Base.

4. Please be aware that Accessibly Doors in Category C - Controlled Limited Access doors are the hardest doors to inspect… because of the time that is required to gain access (on average)…for that reason there is an extra charge for these doors…IF however a client can make them as accessible as an “A” door then their would be no additional charge.

5. Even though the Code requires annual inspections Nation FireDoor can sometime work out a multiple year arrangement with the AHJ with a special arrangement for oversight over maintenance of the inspected doors.

We know there may be many questions concerning your facility…Please don’t hesitate to ask, we would be glad to meet with management boards or other interested parties in the decision making chain.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FIRE CODE

Florida Fire Code Compliance Board

Revised Fire Code NFPA 80- 5.2.1- “ Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less than annually and a written record of the inspection shall be signed and kept for inspection by the AHJ”.

Fire Door maintenance, has always been the responsibility of the facilities management, and for years, the inspection of Fire Rated Doors, were normally included in your local Fire Service’s Annual Fire Prevention Inspection and Review. Due to the overwhelming number of fire doors, in many facilities, and the limited number of doors, that where actually subject to a thorough inspection, the “true” effectiveness for “life safety” of these inspections for fire doors was found to be inadequate; that is the reason for the Fire Code change.

Fire door assemblies have a number of “life Saving” purposes; one of which is to provide building occupants (especially in high rise structures) a critical means to safety evacuate a building or reach an area of refuge within a building until help arrives to rescue them; another is to create compartments within a building that can contain flames, smoke and gases allowing sprinkler systems and firefighters time to rescue trapped occupants , extinguish the flames and prevent future damage.


As previously stated, Florida State Statues were passed and are currently in effect that changed the State Fire Code making “Annual Fire Door Inspections and Testing” the responsibility of the Facilities’ Management, subject to verification by an AHJ’s (Authority Having Jurisdiction). This method of achieving Fire Code Compliance is already the case for other systems in your facility e.g. Elevators, Fire Suppression Systems, Generators, Alarms & Sprinkler Systems, etc.


The “NEW REVISED” Fire Code requires that every building’s Fire-Rated Doors need to be inspected and tested, no less than annually and a written record of the inspection results and any repairs or modifications, must be kept in an Inspection, Testing & Maintenance” (ITM) log book; available at the premises for the AHJ’s review and varication, at any time. The ITM records must always be current and can be in any format, paper or electronic, providing they are readily accessible.


In accordance with NFPA 80- 5.2.3.1 - Owners or Managers have the right to use their own personnel to complete the inspections and to produce the ITM record book, “providing that the personnel designated to conduct the inspections, are knowledgeable of Fire Door Assemblies and capable of Inspecting ALL the Fire Door Assemblies”, including Testing the operation of the door and producing an ITM log book; or a qualified independent company can be hired to conduct all or part of the Annual Fire Door Inspection in compliance with the Fire Prevention Code and set up the ITM log book.


No one desires to add more burdens or costs to the task of maintaining a building, but in many respects, this addition to the “Fire Code” is a major improvement in a building’s Fire Protection and Life Safety Profile… making the facility that much safer for its occupants, users and visitors, as well as possibly lowering insurance costs in addition to the fact- that it is also, the law.

BE ADVISED, THE BUILDING OWNERS OF RECORD, MANAGERS AND MEMBERS OF OPERATING / GOVERNING BOARDS CAN BE HELD RESPONSIBLE AND LIABLE FOR NOT COMPLYING WITH THIS FIRE CODE PROVISION.