fire door assembly logoI will share my thoughts on this question in a (near) future post, but I would love to collect some insight from readers without influencing it with my comments.

Unless specifically exempt from the labeling requirements, each component of a fire door assembly must be labeled to show that it is acceptable for that purpose.  NFPA 80 does include some exceptions – for example, a protection plate installed on a fire door is not required to be labeled if the top of the plate is not more than 16 inches above the bottom of the door.

There are various types of labels that are permitted for these components, included the doors and frames.  In Annex A, NFPA 80 states:

Labels can be permitted to be of metal, paper, or plastics or can be permitted to be stamped or diecast into the item.  Labels should not be removed, defaced, or made illegible while the door is in service. If the label on an existing fire door has
been removed or is no longer legible, it is acceptable to verify the rating of the fire door through other means acceptable to the AHJ such as an inspection or certification service that provides acceptable documentation.

The inspection requirements of NFPA 80 require labels to be clearly visible and legible.  So my questions for you are:

  • Is the label shown in this photo legible? 
  • Or should the painted label be noted as a deficiency during a fire door inspection? 
  • What requirements of a code or standard would you point to in order to support your answer?


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