All Things Inspector

Checking ADA Knee Clearance with the ADA Inspection Tool Kit

The ADA Inspection Tool Kit will save you Time and Money.  It was designed for the busy ADA Compliance Professional.  Get yours today.

Are you a builder, Architect, CASP, Inspector or just love ADA Compliance? Have you ever been contracted to perform an ADA accessibility survey of an eleven-story government or a five hundred room apartment complex? If you have you know that ADA Knee Clearance inspections are very time-consuming.

You can get a single ADA Knee Clearance template here if you don't want all the bells and whistles of the ADA Inspection kit.

All Things Inspector

Checking ADA Knee Clearance with the ADA Inspection Tool Kit

The ADA Inspection Tool Kit will save you Time and Money.  It was designed for the busy ADA Compliance Professional.  Get yours today.

Are you a builder, Architect, CASP, Inspector or just love ADA Compliance? Have you ever been contracted to perform an ADA accessibility survey of an eleven-story government or a five hundred room apartment complex? If you have you know that ADA Knee Clearance inspections are very time-consuming.

You can get a single ADA Knee Clearance template here if you don't want all the bells and whistles of the ADA Inspection kit.

What is a Fire Door?

Fire-rated doors are specially made to withstand the extreme heat of fires. These hollow metal doors and frames must have a closing device and latch. Fire doors should be equipped with hardware that is tested for both panic and fire conditions.

Only in the event of an actual fire or emergency do most people fully appreciate fire-rated doors.

How can a fire rated door help during a fire?

Let’s take a minute to have a better understanding of the importance of fire doors. In the event of an actual fire, these doors can serve an important role in keeping flames and smoke from spreading to different parts of the building. They can also serve as a means of easy escape in case of an emergency.

Fire doors play a vital role in access control and protecting people and property from more than just the outdoor elements. These passive fire protection systems are designed to protect an opening with a fire-rated barrier.

Fire doors are typically used to protect openings in exits, such as fire-rated stair enclosures, fire-rated exit corridors, and horizontal exits. They're also installed in fire barrier openings that are designed to protect your building and its occupants from specific hazards, as well as compartmentalize your building into specific fire areas

Building and fire codes require fire doors to pass a fire-resistance test that's conducted by an independent testing agency. The standard test procedure for fire doors can be found in NFPA 252: Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies. The doors are tested as a complete assembly, which includes the door leaf, hinges, the latch, the closing device, and the frame.

All fire doors are subject to fire tests conducted by national test agencies and must withstand the rigors of the fire test.

What are some basic requirements for fire rated door assemblies?

  • Fire ratings (20/45/60/90/180 minutes) are granted by third-party testing agencies and are labeled on the products.
  • Fire rated door assemblies must meet the requirements of the applicable building or life safety code, such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 80: Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Fire Code (IFC).
  • Fire doors are required to be self-closing and positive latching.
  • The fire rating of the wall dictates the fire rating of the door.

Standards and Testing - Fire rated doors are tested in accordance with the following standards:

  • UL 10B, Fire Tests of Door Assemblies (neutral or negative pressure)
  • UL 10C, Positive Fire Pressure Tests of Door Assemblies
  • NFPA 252, Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies

These tests and annual fire door inspections ensure that your fire door will work properly in fire conditions. When inspecting and testing the door for its annual inspection per NFPA 80, it's important to make sure the door isn't tied or propped open and check for damage and missing parts. If you don't already have the best fire door gap gauge to expedite your annual fire door inspection you should get your today?

All fire doors are required to have a label indicating the test organization and the door classification in hours. In addition, fire doors must have a closing device and latch. The closing device will make sure the door closes properly; the latch will hold the door closed during a fire. If it's required, exit hardware must be labeled as "fire exit hardware."

Because fire doors are tested as a complete assembly, field modifications to fire doors are restricted. Signs can only be installed on a fire door using adhesive signs cannot be installed with nails or screws. Also, kick plates may be installed, but with limitations. It's important to consult with NFPA 80: Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives for other field modifications, such as security devices and other hardware installation requirements.

Download our NFPA 80 Fire Door Inspection Checklist.

To ensure that your fire doors are in proper working order make sure you get your fire door inspections annually as required per NFPA 80.