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In Case of Smoke…

I’ve seen plenty of inventive hold-open devices on fire-rated doors, but I’ve never seen instructional signage to go along with them!  Coincidentally, I received photos of a chain hold-open and the signage for a chain hold-open on the same day from two different people.  The photos are not from the same facility or even the […]

Smoke – The Series

It’s official.  I can’t hide from it any longer.  People ask me about “smoke doors” almost every day, but if you know me you know that I have a lot going on, so whenever I try to scale the mountain of information about this topic I get sidetracked by the little things that need my […]

Smoke – NFPA 105

I usually like to start with the quick and easy items on my to-do list, which is why it takes me forever to get to the big stuff.  It’s a fault, and I recognize that, but nobody’s perfect.  I tried to find the easy place to start this series of posts, but there seems to […]

Smoke – NFPA 80

NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, is a document which most of us in the hardware industry began studying in our earliest hardware school courses and refer back to throughout our careers.  This standard is THE publication on fire doors, and is referenced by all of the codes and standards […]

Smoke – Smokeproof Enclosure

According to the International Building Code (IBC), every required exit stairway that extends more than 75 feet ABOVE the lowest level of fire department vehicle access (high rise buildings), and every required exit stairway that serves floor levels more than 30 feet BELOW the level of exit discharge must comply with the referenced sections on […]

NFPA 80 & NFPA 105

Next Tuesday is the proposal closing date for the 2013 editions of NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, and NFPA 105 – Standard for the Installation of Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives. If you’d like to propose any changes, either submit a proposal online or let me know […]

Patient Room Doors

I don’t know where this week went.  I feel like I blacked out for a few days.  On top of my usual load, I had 3 classes to teach within a couple of weeks – Code Jeopardy for the Massachusetts Locksmith Association, Fire Door Inspection for the Yankee Security Conference, and a Code Update for […]

Decoded: Smoke Door Requirements of the 2009 International Building Code (February 2012)

UPDATE:  A new version of this article, based on the 2015 IBC, is located here. This post was printed in the February 2012 issue of Doors & Hardware [Click here to download a reprint of this article.] For a long time I’ve been trying to compile some definitive answers to questions about smoke doors.  Well, […]

Decoded: Fusible Links and Smoke-Actuated Hold-Opens (Updated September 2017)

This post was printed in the April 2013 issue of Doors & Hardware Updated September 2017 In the days before hold-open devices on fire doors and smoke doors were actuated by smoke detectors, fusible link closer arms were often used to hold open doors that were required to close if a fire occurred.  Fusible link […]

CONSTRUCT: Code Jeopardy!

Visit the CONSTRUCT blog for posts from me and other industry bloggers!  And if you’re an architect or specifier, PLEASE help us better serve you by taking this 2-minute survey on BIM.  I really need your feedback! For a door and hardware manufacturer, it’s not easy to provide engaging training for architects and specifiers, or […]

Gasketing on Stair Doors

If you read this paragraph in a vacuum, it seems like all fire doors have to limit the air infiltration to this level (in most cases this would require gasketing), but this paragraph falls under section 716.5.3 – Door assemblies in corridors and smoke barriers. There are two sections following 716.5.3 that apply to other types of fire doors…

Rescue Hardware on Corridor Doors

Is rescue hardware allowed on a corridor door in a hospital or nursing home? Is the door able to provide an effective barrier to limit the passage of smoke without the frame stop?

Decoded: Smoke Door Requirements of the 2015 International Building Code (January 2016)

Several of you have asked me to update the article on smoke doors that I wrote several years ago. I have looked at this until my vision is blurry, so if anyone is willing to review it for errors I’ll offer a bounty for any mistakes found…

SDI: Smoke Gasketing Requirements for Opening Protectives

Questions on smoke gasketing continue to come up, so the Steel Door Institute asked me to write about it for their quarterly newsletter. You can subscribe to their newsletter here…

NFPA Webinar: Influence of gap size around swinging doors on fire and smoke development

NFPA recently posted the video of a webinar that answers some questions about clearances around fire door and smoke door assemblies…

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