WWYD? How can we help UL spread their message?

You have all heard me talk about how important it is to sleep with your bedroom door closed at night - to benefit from the protection provided by a closed door.  I've been writing about fire doors on iDigHardware for 9 YEARS(!), trying to inform as many people as possible about the purpose of fire doors, why they need to be closed and latched when a fire occurs, and what is involved with an annual fire door inspection.

By |2018-01-22T14:29:27-05:00January 22nd, 2018|Close the Door, FDAI, Fire Doors, WWYD?|6 Comments

Decoded: Alterations to Fire Door Assemblies (Updated October 2017)

You may remember that I'm working on a series of online code classes, which will be available early in 2018.  To support those classes, I am updating some of my past Decoded articles to include revisions from new editions of the codes and standards.  Here is the latest information regarding alterations of fire door assemblies.

By |2017-10-19T12:44:56-04:00October 19th, 2017|Articles, Doors & Frames, FDAI, Fire Doors|41 Comments

Grenfell Tower Fire, London

While the exterior cladding on the building is being investigated for its contribution to the blaze, there are also news reports where witnesses are quoted as saying that the door leading to the apartment of fire origin was left open. This undoubtedly impacted the egress routes...

By |2017-06-17T14:08:43-04:00June 19th, 2017|FDAI, Fire Doors, News|4 Comments

Landlord Jailed for Door Failure

Jay Liptrot is a Wales landlord, and ironically - a firefighter, who failed to install a fire door assembly to protect an apartment where 2 adults and 3 children died in a tragic act of arson. Although he was originally charged with manslaughter, his charge was reduced and he was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in prison...

By |2017-08-13T08:49:06-04:00November 24th, 2015|FDAI, Fire Doors, News|2 Comments

Fire Door Inspection Cards

A few months ago I posted some images of a new educational piece on fire door inspections. When I was in Carmel last month I saw one in person, and I think they're great! They're hard laminated cards - about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long. We have some in stock...

By |2015-11-03T14:03:41-05:00November 3rd, 2015|FDAI, Fire Doors|23 Comments

Field Labeling of Fire Doors and Frames

With increased enforcement of the fire door assembly inspection requirements, deficiencies will no longer be ignored. When an AHJ sees non-labeled doors or frames in a location where a fire door assembly is required, it may be an indicator of other problems with the opening protective. In the past, there were limited options...

By |2017-05-01T09:34:05-04:00September 30th, 2015|FDAI, Fire Doors|5 Comments


We just got back from NYC, where we were invited to visit the FDNY fire station for Engine 320 and Ladder 167 by the developer of the Cease Fire hinge, which I wrote about last fall. The kids are working on a project to help reduce deaths in home fires, so it was a privilege to visit the station and get all of their questions answered...

By |2018-01-22T13:37:25-05:00July 7th, 2015|FDAI, Fire Doors|2 Comments