Everything You Need to Know About a Fire Door Drop Test

Fire doors exist to keep guests in commercial structures safe from danger. To ensure every commercial building lives up to the same set of standards, the National Fire Protection Association has outlined what are known as NFPA-80 section requirements, which provide a wide range of achievable stipulations.

These requirements are important to protect your building and the people who visit it. To maintain compliance with NFPA-80 section requirements, you must have your fire doors inspected and drop tested at least once a year. Additionally, you must have evidence that you’ve undertaken this inspection and test.

But there’s nothing to worry about. Here’s a look at the fire door requirements outlined by NFPA-80, as well as what to expect for your drop test.

NFPA-80 Section Requirements: What’s in Them and What Does it Mean for You?

These fire door drop test requirements are pretty simple. Basically, they say that your doors must be inspected at least once a year by a professional who knows they are doing. Your doors must be fully operational, and you must document this in a way that captures the doors’ test history.

Firedoor2OfficeInteriorBefore testing, a visual inspection will check for: open holes or breaks in the surface of your door, incorrectly installed components like slats and assemblies, improper clearance, blocked drop release arms, missing smoke detectors and more.

The Actual Drop Test

The drop test includes two steps. A first test checks to make sure your fire doors operate as they should and are providing full closure. A second test checks to make sure the automatic-closing devices resets properly. Any failure to pass this test may be immediately remedied through repairs.

After the repairs are made, the door may be tested again. If the door again fails to pass the drop test, replacement is then an option.

Get Support From Quality Overhead Door

There’s nothing more frustrating than failing a fire door drop test. You’re trying to run an organization, and you have a lot to worry about. Your fire doors should not be something that take up a lot of time or cause a lot of concern. We can help take that stress off your plate and free you up to focus on the things that matter most.

There are two ways we can be of service. First, you can get a Quality Overhead Door inspection to ensure your fire doors are working properly and that they will pass all portions of the drop test. This proactive approach is always helpful because it keeps you out of any sort of emergency situation and rush to have repairs made. Consider choosing a Quality Overhead Door inspection of your fire doors in tandem with regular maintenance for any other overhead doors on your property.

The second option is to call on Quality Overhead Door to make repairs after a failed drop test. We know you can’t always anticipate an issue like a failed drop test, which is why we move quickly to deliver the urgent repairs needed to get you back in compliance. When you call, we answer — and we work just as quickly as possible to get your fire doors back into full function.

At Quality Overhead Door, we’ve been serving the Toledo area since 1982. We provide a wide range of residential and commercial services, including the installation, repair and service of garage doors, front doors, fire doors and more. We have a huge selection of products for you to choose from, and we also offer the most experienced, knowledgeable team of technicians in the area. When you need help for overhead doors or fire doors at your business, Quality Overhead Door offers service that can’t be beat.

Contact us today about your upcoming fire door drop test.

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