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Passive fire-protection elements such as fire-rated door are an important components of a strategy to protect against the spread of fire and smoke within a facility. But as with anything in a building, improper maintenance and operation can render useless any fire-rated door.
The National Fire Protection Association's standard NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, speaks to the necessary inspection, testing, and maintenance procedures for fire-door assemblies. The 2010 version of NFPA 80 contains a number of elements that must be documented as part of an annual inspection by a knowledgeable person.
The standard includes 11 minimum inspection elements for fire-door assemblies: