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Fire Door Drop Testing & Rolling Fire Door Inspections &

You can’t afford to fail annual inspections and testing.

NFPA standards require building owners and managers to have their rolling and sliding fire doors inspected and tested annually, and to maintain written documentation of such inspections. Door Systems can help you stay in compliance with the latest NFPA-80 standards, while maintaining the proper operation of your facility’s rolling and sliding fire doors.

How it works

  1. Our expert technicians perform a visual and operational inspection, testing, and certification of your facilities fire doors to keep you within the NFPA 80 requirements. 
  2. If your doors are in compliance, we will attach a “Fire Door Certification Tag” to each fire door indicating the date the fire door was inspected, tested and passed.
  3. A copy of your Rolling Fire Door Inspection and Drop Test results are kept in our company’s records in case of an emergency or if there are any questions regarding your compliance.
  4. As a courtesy, we will check in with you once a year to schedule your annual Rolling Fire Door Inspection and Drop Test service, so that your fire doors stay in compliance.

Why it matters

Fire doors help protect property and save lives in the event of an emergency. Damaged or faulty fire doors can lead to devastating losses if an emergency occurs. As the owner or manager of a facility, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of team members or guests. By helping you keep your fire doors in compliance with standards, we can help you save lives.

These annual Rolling Fire Door Inspections and Drop Tests are in place to ensure that businesses don’t have to deal with the ramifications of lost lives in the event of an emergency. For this reason, the National Fire Protection Association standard NFPA 80 requires business owners and property managers to have their rolling and sliding fire doors inspected and tested once a year, at minimum. Written documentation of these inspections and tests should also be kept.


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What are the standards?

NFPA-805.2.1 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. As an alternate means of compliance with 5.2.1, subject to the AHJ, fire door assemblies shall be permitted to be inspected, tested, and maintained under a written performance based program. Goals established under a performance-based program shall provide assurance that the fire door assembly will perform its intended function when exposed to fire conditions. Technical justification for inspection, testing, and maintenance intervals shall be documented. The performance-based option shall include historical data acceptable to the AHJ. Functional testing of fire door and window assemblies shall be performed by individuals with knowledge and understanding of the operating components of the type of door being subject to testing. Before testing, a visual inspection shall be performed to identify any damaged or missing parts that can create a hazard during testing or affect operation or resetting. Fire door assemblies shall be visually inspected from both sides to assess the overall condition of door assembly. The following items shall be verified:

  1. No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or frame.
  2. Slats, endlocks, bottom bar, guide assembly, curtain entry hood, and flame baffle are correctly installed and intact.
  3. Glazing, vision light frames, and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened in place, if so equipped.
  4. Curtain, barrel, and guides are aligned, level, plumb, and true.
  5. Expansion clearance is maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s listing.
  6. Drop release arms and weights are not blocked or wedged.
  7. Mounting and assembly bolts are intact and secured.
  8. Attachments to jambs are with bolts, expansion anchors, or as otherwise required by the listing.
  9. Smoke detectors, if equipped, are installed and operational.
  10. No parts are missing or broken.
  11. Fusible links, if equipped, are in the location; chain/cable, s-hooks, eyes, and so forth, are in good condition (i.e., no kinked or pinched cable, no twisted or inflexible chain); and links are not painted or coated with dust or grease.
  12. Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door or frame.
  13. No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label. When the annual test for proper operation and full closure is conducted, rolling steel fire doors shall be drop tested twice. The first test shall be to check for proper operation and full closure. A second test shall be done to verify that the automatic-closing device has been reset correctly. Any breaks in the face covering of doors shall be repaired immediately. Where a fire door, frame, or any part of its appurtenances is damaged to the extent that it could impair the door’s proper emergency function, the following actions shall be performed:

  1. The fire door, frame, door assembly, or any part of its appurtenances shall be repaired with labeled parts or parts obtained from the original manufacturer.
  2. The door shall be tested to ensure emergency operation and closing upon completion of the repairs. If repairs cannot be made with labeled components or parts obtained from the original manufacturer or retrofitted in accordance with Section 5.3, the fire door frame, fire door assembly, or appurtenances shall be replaced.

* Reprinted with permission from NFPA 80-2010, Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, Copyright© 2009, National Fire Protection Association. This reprinted material is not the complete and official position of the NFPA on the referenced subject, which is represented only by the standard in its entirety.

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