Hot Topic: Fire Door Testing
Omega Door and Hardware knows the importance of NFPA 80. What is NFPA 80? This standard regulates the installation and maintenance of assemblies and devices used to protect openings in walls, floors, and ceilings against the spread of fire and smoke within, into, or out of buildings.
What does NFPA 80 address? NFPA 80 addresses general requirements and provisions for care and maintenance of fire doors and other opening protectives., Opening protectives that are addressed include swinging doors, horizontally sliding doors, vertically sliding fire doors, rolling steel doors, fire shutters, service counter fire doors, doors for elevators and chute doors, access doors, fire windows, glass block assemblies, fire dampers, and fabric fire safety curtains.
A documented record must be maintained and made available to the authority having jurisdiction. NFPA-80 also requires that when damage impairs a door’s proper emergency exit functionality, it must be repaired with parts obtained from the original door’s manufacturer. Upon completion of repairs, the door must be tested to ensure emergency operation and complete functionality.
Technician expertise is an essential element of a safely and properly functioning fire door. The Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation* has established a program to validate the credentials of individuals who have experience and skills in the installation and service of Rolling Steel Fire Doors. Soon our qualified Technicians at Omega Door and Hardware will be Certified as Rolling Steel Fire Door Technicians to perform these tests for you facility. Stay tuned!
Testing Old Doors for Safety
Although June is just about over, we want to continue sharing door safety tips such as these. We are taking a look at what you can do to practice Garage Door Safety when you have older garage doors. In older houses or building, the garage door may be original or a replacement. Not sure of its vintage? You might be able to track the door’s manufacturing date through a model type listed in the owner’s manual. If not, conduct this series of tests in order to discover if the door does not have a reversing feature or is a modern model with the feature in need of repair.
• Balance. To check balance, start with the door closed and trip the release mechanism so you can maneuver the door by hand. If the door is balanced (properly spring-loaded and running freely on its tracks), you should be able to lift the door smoothly without much effort and it should stay open about three or four feet above the floor.
If the door flies up or down when you let go, the balance needs adjusting. Because the springs store so much power, you should have their tension corrected by a qualified service contractor.
• Force setting. Test the force setting of the opener by holding the bottom of the door as it closes. If the door does not reverse as you apply moderate resistance, the setting is probably excessive. (Consult your owner’s manual for specific details about adjusting the setting.)
• Reversing test. Place a 2-by-4 block on the flat in the path of the door. If it does not promptly reverse on hitting the block, you should repair a modern opener or replace an older one that lacks the reversing feature.
The humdrum part is basic maintenance, mainly cleaning, oiling and a shot of graphite in the lock. Many manufacturers recommend cleaning the tracks and then applying a light machine oil, except to plastic parts.
One of the largest door makers, Genie, says to oil door rollers, bearings and hinges monthly, using a silicone lubricant or light oil.
There are some fixes any homeowner with a level and socket wrench can take on, such as aligning the tracks. Though door wheels have some leeway, if the tracks are not parallel and plumb, the wheels can drag and also wear out prematurely. The solution is to loosen the bolts in the track mounts just enough so you can realign the tracks before re-tightening. Omega Door and Hardware encourages you to continue practicing garage door safety.
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