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Tricks Of The Trade: Fire Door Tags

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Published on February 12, 2013 with No Comments

By B. Kevin Folsom, CEP
Published in the January/February 2013 issue of Today’s Facility Manager

Q We have more than a few fire doors missing their tags. Are other facility managers replacing the whole door in order to get the tag?

Brian Sharkey
Facilities Supervisor, FMC
Flagstaff, AZ

A If you’re referring to the fire rating door tags, then yes, if you cannot find an acceptable way to verify the fire rating of a door that is required in the opening, then this would be the only option. Once a door is assembled, the only way to determine if it has all necessary components to be the proper fire rating of today’s standards is with destructive examination.

Before spending a lot of money, I would encourage you to discuss the matter with your local Fire Marshal.

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Tricks Of The Trade Columnist

Folsom is director of campus operations at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, TX. Previously, he was director of facilities & plant operations, and energy procurement & efficiency at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX, where he worked for 25 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the associations of Higher Education Facility Officers and Energy Engineers for facility and energy management practices, industry leadership and involvement, and writing. He has also provided facilities assessment consulting to several organizations through All questions have been submitted via the “Ask The Expert” portion of the magazine’s web site. To pose a question, visit this link.

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