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Questions About Fire Doors Fire doors are often held open improperly for the sake of convenience. These fire doors are held open with magnetic holders that release and allow closure upon fire alarm activation, as the codes require. The doors are also equipped with less-bottom-rod (LBR) fire exit hardware. Everything you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) by Lori Greene, CSI, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI Photos courtesy Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies FIRE DOORS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF A BUILDING’S PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM, AND DOORS IN A MEANS OF EGRESS PROVIDE LIFE SAFETY BY ALLOWING PEOPLE TO EXIT QUICKLY WHEN NECESSARY. STILL, THE REQUIREMENTS REMAIN A MYSTERY FOR MANY ARCHITECTS AND SPECIFIERS. Simply put, an opening protective in a fire or smoke barrier is required to be a fire door assembly, which includes the door, frame, hardware, and glazing. These components are not typically required to be supplied by the same manufacturer—in most cases, they can be separate products which are listed, labeled, or classified for use in a fire door assembly. Occasionally, an assembly will be made of components that have been tested together and must be used to maintain the rating. This article addresses some of the basic code requirements pertaining to fire doors, in hopes of making them a little less mysterious. The best way to find the answers is through asking the right questions. 70 the construction specifier | october 2013 CS_October2013.indd 70 9/12/13 9:13:05 AM