Annual Safety Inspection Guides

In an effort to support the work of AHJ's, and to provide guidance to building owners and facilities management personnel, the Foundation has updated their publications to the inspection requirements of the 2013 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. Excerpted language from NFPA 80 is included in the following manuals, and may be helpful to have as you progress through these guides. (Obtain a copy of NFPA 80 directly from NFPA at Examples cited in the following guides are some common—but not all—problems and situations observed in builders' applications used on fire door assemblies.

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Guide to Annual Inspections of Swinging Fire Doors

This guide includes an overview of the requirements in NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 and helps readers understand how and why compliance protects fire door assemblies in buildings. This step-by-step guide gives the AHJ detailed instructions for determining if fire doors comply with NFPA 80 requirements. For the facility manager it clarifies maintenance and inspection requirements of NFPA 80 and describes the owner’s responsibilities for maintaining fire door assemblies in working condition, which is essential for fire and life safety. Chapters include information on inspection cycles, guidelines, reports and record keeping, inspector qualifications, responsibilities and training, performing inspections and sample forms and a glossary of important terms.



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Field Reference Digest for Inspecting Swinging Fire Doors

This digest helps anyone tasked with performing safety inspections by providing the fundamental level of knowledge and understanding of swinging fire doors with builders hardware and the inspection requirements. Additionally it will assist in determining if they are equipped to perform the inspections and testing, or if they need the services of a professional fire door assembly inspector. Chapters include step-by-step instructions for accurately evaluating swinging fire doors with builders’ hardware, plus explanations of NFPA 80 inspection requirements, inspector qualifications, and performing the functional tests.