Fire Door Testing Requirements

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017


Doorways are a critical component to any building. The fact is, they are the safe passage in and out. During emergency situations they can contribute significantly to the overall health and wellbeing of the occupants. They also protect the building and save fire fighters lives! For these reasons, it is critically important to assure that your fire doors are tested on a yearly basis and up to code.

Since building codes are constantly evolving, updates and revisions need to be made on an ongoing basis. Here are a few resources for the latest information on current building codes and maintenance requirements.

Available Resources


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. Most Fire Departments and Fire Marshals have adopted NFPA 80 as their guideline reference for fire door compliance.

ASSA ABLOY Codes and Compliance: Demystifying the Door Opening

A guide to door opening solutions for life-safety, accessibility, and sustainability.

Steel Door Institute: Basic Fire Door Requirements

Steel fire doors are “rated” by time (in minutes or hours) that a door can withstand exposure to fire test conditions.

DASMA: Drop Testing and Annual Follow-up for Rolling Steel Fire Doors

Provides facility managers with guidelines for evaluation of rolling fire doors designed and tested to provide the automatic closing fire protection indicated on the fire door label.

Cressy Door and Fireplace has a team of expert door and hardware professionals that are well versed in fire door requirements and are available to answer any related questions. Give us a call. We are at your service.