Are you still using the 2007 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Even though NFPA produces many of its codes and standards on a three year revision cycle, many jurisdictions are delayed in their adoption of the smaller installation standards, based upon the adoption of model building and life safety codes. Thus, the 2007 edition of NFPA 80 is still very popular, and very relevant in many jurisdictions.
Wondering why the 2007 edition is so different from previous editions? The 2007 edition includes a major reorganization in accordance with the Manual of Style for NFPA Technical Committee Documents and a title change to accommodate the broader scope of the document (now inclusive of more than just fire door and fire window.) New chapters on fabric fire safety curtains and the installation, testing, and maintenance of fire dampers have been added. Major technical changes pertain to the maximum clearance permitted under the bottom of doors, new provisions regarding the care and maintenance of fire doors and fire windows, the option for developing performance-based maintenance activities provisions, and provisions regarding chute doors, fire shutters, rolling steel doors, and service counter doors. New information concerning floor fire door assemblies and ratings associated with glazing materials also has been added. It is noted that the 8-year gap between the 1999 and 2007 editions was due to NFPA 80 being returned to committee during the Fall 2002 revision cycle.
Perhaps the most significant technical change found in the 2007 edition is the requirement for the annual inspection of fire doors. Prior to this provision, NFPA 80 required that fire doors be simply “examined frequently and any parts found to be inoperative shall be replaced immediately.” This was not adequate guidance for AHJs responsible for verifying fire door maintenance and was not specific enough for building owners to ensure that their fire door assemblies were being properly maintained throughout their buildings. The introduction of the annual inspection for fire doors changed the fire door industry and provided a critical requirement to help ensure the safety of our occupants and integrity of buildings during a fire.
What edition of NFPA 80 do you use? For additional information on NFPA 80 and to follow the latest issues facing the committee in upcoming cycles, visit the document information page at www.nfpa.org/80.