A Fire Door is a door with a fire-resistance rating (also referred to as a fire protection rating for closures). Fire Doors are a critical element within a building’s passive fire protection system. They also have one of the greatest potential for failure due to the nature of their high frequency of use. The purpose of the fire door is to reduce the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure and to enable safe egress from a building.
Stop and think for a moment of how many times a fire door located in the corridor of a school or a hospital is open and closed, you would soon realize the frequency is countless. Now consider what would happen in the event of an emergency. A fire door failing to do what it is intended to do in the midst of an emergency can be tragic. For this reason, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), The Joint Commission (Healthcare), and the International Code Council have established guidelines that require the inspection of fire doors.
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