Fire Door Testing Service For Orange County, Los Angeles County and Inland Empire, CA
Day and Nite Doors, Inc., is a commercial door company that performs fire door testing service for Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Bernardino County. Fire testing of fire protection doors is required annually by NFPA, the National Fire Protections Association. We have over 27 years experience in the commercial door industry and have the qualifications and experience to perform all fire door testing. We test rolling doors, swinging doors, metal doors, counter shutters and wood doors. We provide written reports of the inspection and test to get your commercial doors in compliance with NFPA 80 standards today.
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All Fire Doors Are To Be Tested Annually in Order to Stay in Compliance with NFPA, the National Fire Protection AssociationFire Doors along with hardware are part of a fire protection system in a building or a home that work to make an area as safe as it can be in a fire. It is known as passive fire protection. Fire doors and hardware are constructed to be heat resistant and prevent fires from spreading for a designated amount of time. (3 hour, 1 ½ hour, ¾ hour or 20 min.) Fire doors and hardware are then tested and certified for flame retardation through a testing agency. The most widely recognized agencies are Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. UL and Warnock-Hersey (WH).
Annual Fire Door Testing Enforces the NFPA 80 Standards
Fire Door Drop Test
Drop testing a door refers to a test made on either horizontal or vertical sliding doors or rolling doors. This test makes sure the doors will drop or close automatically if there is a fire. The doors are then reset according to the manufacturers instructions. The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, have made it a requirement that once a year all rolling doors be inspected for proper operation and full closure and drop tested once a year.
Fire Door Test For Rolling Doors
The exterior of the rolling door is visually inspected and checked to make sure there are no hazards during testing. All moving parts and hardware are then checked for damage and the door is checked for proper closure. The test on rolling doors includes an operational test commonly called a “drop test”. This test makes sure that the door will drop or close during a fire. Two drop tests are required; one for proper operation and full closure, and the second drop test is to verify that the automatic closing device has been reset correctly.
Fire Door Testing For Swinging Doors
The exterior of the door and the door’s hardware is visually inspected to see if there is any damage on the door or any part that may be missing. When the door is safe to test all parts and closures are inspected and tested.
Fire Door Test For Metal Doors
After the exterior of the door is visually inspected the metal doors or Kalamein Doors and tin clad doors are checked on the inside for wood rot. The doors hardware is inspected for any damage, and closures are checked to make sure they are working correctly.
Area Surrounding Fire Door
The area directly surrounding the fire door should not be blocked or have any material around it that may fall and prevent the door from closing. There should also not be anything stacked against the door. Sometimes a barrier has to be built so that nothing is piled against the inside of the door.
Fire Door Test Written Records
It is required to maintain written records of the Fire Door Test and Inspection so that they can be made available to the AHJ, the Authorities Having Jurisdiction, usually the local Fire Marshal.
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All Fire Rated Doors Are Required By Law To Be Inspected Annually And Be In Compliance With The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Fire Rated Doors Purpose:
A fire rated door, frame & hardware must prevent the spread of flame though the opening for a designated period of time (3 hour, 1 ½ hour, ¾ hour or 20 min.)
Fire Door Certification:
Fire rated doors, frames, and hardware must be tested for flame retardation. These tests can be performed by various testing organizations.
Fire Rated Doors Hardware:
It is important that only UL labeled finished hardware be placed on the fire rated door and frame. Non-labeled hardware, which possibly could fail during a fire, defeats the purpose of labeling the door and frame.
The determination of type of certification the door and frame must bear (UL or WH) is made by the authorities having jurisdiction at the job location, i.e. building inspector, etc.
Fire Door Label Classifications
|Class||Location In Building||Glass Area|
|Class A 3 Hr.||Class A openings are in walls separating buildings or dividing a single building into fire areas. Doors for these openings require a fire protection rating of 3 hours and no glass is permitted.||No Glass Permitted|
|Class B 1 1/2 Hr.||Class B openings are in enclosures of vertical communication through buildings. These could be stairwells or elevator shafts. While not a means of vertical communication, boiler room doors are generally categorized as Class “B” openings. Doors for these areas require a fire protection rating of 1 1/2 hours, and glass areas may not exceed 100 square inches per individual door leaf. Doors having a 1-hour fire rating are acceptable, when specified to use in Class “B” openings through 1-hour rated walls. The 1-hour doors are of wood construction and are not available in steel door design.||100 sq. inches per leaf|
|Class C 3/4 Hr.||Class C openings are in corridors and room partitions. Doors for these areas require a fire protection rating of 3/4 hour, and the glass area cannot exceed 1296 inches per light with no dimension exceeding 54 inches.||1296 square inches per light, neither to exceed 54″|
|Class D 1 1/2 Hr.||Class D openings are in exterior walls which are subject to severe fire exposure from the outside of the building. Doors for these areas require a fire protection rating of 1 1/2 hours and, as in Class A openings, no glass is permitted.||No Glass Permitted|
|Class E 3/4 Hr.||Class E Openings are in exterior walls which are subject to moderate or light fire exposure from the outside of the building. A typical example would be a door leading to an exterior fire escape. Doors for these openings require a fire protection rating of 3/4 hour with glass areas not exceeding 1296 inches per light with no dimension exceeding 54 inches.||1296 square inches per light neither dimension to exceed 54″|
|20 min.||20 Minute Fire Rated Door Frame Assembly are provided with loose (snap in type) anchors. These frames are normally found in interior partitions and are intended for installation with 20 minute rated Fire Doors of the single swing, swinging in pairs or double egress types anchors and are intended for swing doors.||1296 square inches per light, neither dimension to exceed 54″|
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