Fire Door Inspection - What you need to know?

A fire door inspection that is perfect.Fire Door Inspections for fire-rated doors is an integral part of your building’s overall fire protection system. An operating fire door, just like a properly operating fire damper, is a key component to the compartmentalization of a building to stop the spread of deadly fire, smoke, and toxic fumes.  If the fire door assembly isn’t working properly, your facility is at risk.

How long have annual Fire Door Inspection requirements been required?

Annual fire door inspections were introduced with the adoption of the 2007 Edition of NFPA 80.  The newest standard still requires that fire-rated doors be tested for functionality no less than annually and that a written record of the inspection be kept on file for the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

How do you perform Fire Door Inspection and Fire Door Testing?

Step 1 - Figure out what type of door and frame you are inspecting to pinpoint the required NFPA 80 requirements.

Step 2 - Download our free NFPA 80 Fire Door Inspection Checklist

Step 3 - Make sure you have the correct fire door gauge to check for the appropriate clearances and proceed with checking your doors.

Check that the door, frame, hinges, hardware, are aligned and in working order. Verify that the face of the door is flush or slightly inset with the face of the frame. Check that the top and bottom flush bolts project one-half inch into the strike. Look for signs of damage. You will want to use a door gap gauge to check the door margins to make sure they are within the outlined requirements. Note: Measure all clearance dimensions on the pull side of the door when doing a fire door inspection.


Fire Door Inspection Tool


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ADA Door Pressure Gauge Push-Pull, 0-35lbs


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ADA Push Door Pressure Gauge


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Step 1 Figure out what type of door and frame you are inspecting to pinpoint the NFPA 80 requirements.

Step 2 Measure the door frame gaps and check the door assembly.

Step 3 Verify that your door gaps fall within the required min and maximum requirement as required by NFPA 80 and adjust as required.