Fire doors in hotels (and other buildings) are critical for helping to deter the spread of smoke and flames during a fire.  To perform as designed and tested, the fire door needs to be closed and latched if a fire occurs.  John Lozano of Allegion sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photos of a corridor fire door in a hotel.  The magnetic holder is a start, because it means that – in theory – the holder will release upon fire alarm and allow the closer to close the door.  But it looks like the latch was painted over – purposely or accidentally…such a simple thing that could have a very negative impact.  This is why we need annual inspections of fire door assemblies!

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