Blog Post created by kaaouachi on Feb 3, 2020


  • No open holes or breaks exist in surfaces of either the door or frame.
  • Glazing, vision light frames and glazing beads are intact and securely fastened in place, if so equipped.
  • The door, frame, hinges, hardware and noncombustible threshold are secured, aligned and in working order with no visible signs of damage.
  • No parts are missing or broken.
  • Door clearances do not exceed three-quarters inch under the bottom of the door (as provided in Section 4.8.4) and one-eighth inch at the top, hinge and latch edges of the door (as provided in Section
  • The self-closing device is operational; that is, the active door completely closes when operated from the full open position.
  • If a coordinator is installed, the inactive leaf closes before the active leaf.
  • Latching hardware operates and secures the door when it is in the closed position.
  • Auxiliary hardware items that interfere or prohibit operation are not installed on the door or frame.
  • No field modifications to the door assembly have been performed that void the label.
  • Gasketing and edge seals, where required, are inspected to verify their presence and integrity.
  • Labels are clearly visible and legible.
  • Signage affixed to a door meets the requirements listed in 4.1.4.

Similarly, paragraph 5.2.1 of NFPA 105 outlines the following visual inspection criteria for smoke doors:

  • Doors shall be operated to confirm full closure.
  • Hardware and gaskets shall be inspected, and any parts found to be damaged or inoperative shall be replaced.

Further requirements in NFPA 101 Section 8.5.4 limit the clearances for smoke barrier doors as provided above for fire-rated doors.

Annual fire doors inspection requirement | NFPA 80, NFPA 101 Annual Fire Doors Inspection