Fire door drop test
Fire door drop tests are a mandatory safety requirement in Canada
An annual fire door test and inspection is required by Canadian law to help ensure your facility is prepared in case of a fire emergency. Protect your personnel and your building with a comprehensive Northern Dock Systems fire door test and inspection.
Fire door drop test inspection
• Inspect fire doors for damage to: guides, curtain and end-locks, bottom bar, hood, and operating mechanism.
• Rolling door maintenance including lubrication and any necessary minor adjustments
• All operating mechanisms (fuse links and release chain/cable) are not painted/coated with dust, grease or debris.
• Open and close the door to inspect for any indications of damaged parts.
Fire door drop test process
• Have a trained door systems technician perform an inspection and drop test of all fire door automatic closing features.
• Fire door deficiencies identified during the pre-drop test inspection should be corrected before the drop test.
• Document the drop test recorded on a DASMA Drop Test Form.
• When subjected to drop testing, the door must close completely and rest on the sill. NFPA 80 states that the average closing speed must not exceed 24 inches per second and must be at least 6 inches per second.
• The door must be drop tested twice—once to verify proper operation and full closure, and a second time to verify that the automatic closing device was properly reset.
As a best practice, we recommend conducting an annual test and inspection while documenting equipment performance on a DASMA drop test form.