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AHJ 5.2.1 Compliance

 
 
 
We provide services for Fire rated products and inspections. According to the newly released NFPA 80 all fire rated and fire egress openings must be inspected annually by a person of knowledge. We have compiled certifications and documentation to assist you. We are a company of knowledge with skilled practitioners in the art of life safety and fire codes. There are jurisdictions that have lately been requiring that the installation company have a particular certificate from an agency of their choosing. We are not convinced by the code it should be required. In our interpretation it is only the inspector who should need to be a person of knowledge. We have settled for expediency for our customers and provided the required certificate at a modest fee. Our customers come first and the speed of installations can sometimes mean thousands of dollars for the end users/customers. Here at Commercial Door & Access, we put our customers first and can provide the needed assist in working together with your local fire inspectors and Fire Marshals to come to fast resolutions to your construction projects or your inspection dilemmas. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

This is a look at the code for 2007 it is slightly worded differently in 2010 but the definition of person of knowledge is As 5.2.3.1 indicates, “Functional testing of fire door and window assemblies shall be performed by individuals with knowledge and understanding of the operating components of the type of door being subject to testing. How often they should be tested is in 5.2.1* Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less than annually, and a written record of the inspection shall be signed and kept for inspection by the AHJ. The tolerances are buried deeper in the codes such as maximum 3/4″ undercuts, 1/8″ gaps max between frame and door. Smoke partition requirements and on and on. This is going to be a future hotbed for litigation and we recommend distancing your organization from liability as much as possible by complying as much as possible.

 

All of our systems are fully zoned or addressed to give you the most information possible in the least amount of time in the event of a burglary or fire. We can design a system with as few or as many separate on-off codes as desired and we can even provide you with reports detailing who opened or closed and at what time. Our control panels are all 100% UL certified and all our installations carry a one year, parts and labor warranty. Leasing options as well as extended service agreements are offered on all of our installations.
5.2* Inspections.
5.2.1* Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less than annually, and a written record of the inspection shall be signed and kept for inspection by the AHJ.
5.2.2* Performance-Based Option.
5.2.2.1 As an alternate means of compliance with 5.2.1, subject to the AHJ, fire door assemblies shall be permitted to be inspected, tested, and maintained under a written performance based program.
5.2.2.2 Goals established under a performance-based program shall provide assurance that the fire door assembly will perform its intended function when exposed to fire conditions.
5.2.2.3 Technical justification for inspection, testing, and maintenance intervals shall be documented.
5.2.2.4 The performance-based option shall include historical data acceptable to the AHJ.
5.2.3 Functional Testing.
5.2.3.1 Functional testing of fire door and window assemblies shall be performed by individuals with knowledge and understanding of the operating components of the type of door being subject to testing.
5.2.3.2 Before testing, a visual inspection shall be performed to identify any damaged or missing parts that can create a hazard during testing or affect operation or resetting.
5.2.4 Swinging Doors with Builders Hardware or Fire Door Hardware.
5.2.4.1 Fire door assemblies shall be visually inspected from both sides to assess the overall condition of door assembly.
5.2.4.2 As a minimum, the following items shall be verified:
(1) No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or frame.
(2) Glazing, vision light frames, and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened in place, if so equipped.
(3) The door, frame, hinges, hardware, and noncombustible threshold are secured, aligned, and in working order with no visible signs of damage.
(4) No parts are missing or broken.
(5) Door clearances at the door edge to the frame, on the pull side of the door, do not exceed clearances listed in 4.8.4 and 6.3.1.
(6) The self-closing device is operational, that is, the active door completely closes when operated from the full open position.
(7) If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before active leaf.
(8) Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position.
(9) Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door or frame.
(10) No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label.
(11) Gasketing and edge seals, where required, are inspected to verify their presence and integrity

For a general fire inspectors inspection checklist click to view attached form.
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