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Fire Windows Inspections – What Are the Requirements?

Fire windows inspections are regulated by the NFPA Code 80. Windows are important architectural components. They provide a natural sense of healthy well being that electric lighting can’t match, improving workplace morale and shopper moods alike. Unfortunately, not all windows are fire safety-compliant. It’s important that your building include fire windows that meet the standards established by the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA Code 80 dictates a number of regulations concerning fire windows. While many of these are similar to those mandated for the window panels, or glazing, inside fire doors, the fact that standalone fire windows are much larger necessitates a separate set of specific rules. Here are just a few of the basics you’ll need to keep in mind.

Let’s start off by examining the material requirements. For a window to be fire safety-compliant, it must be constructed of an approved fire resistant or fire protection glazing material. This material also has to be labeled as such, and it cannot exceed 54 inches in any dimension. Glazing materials must also be compliant with the impact safety ratings specified in NFPA 80 and by ANSI tests.

Each glazing unit, or window panel, has to have its own permanent individual label, and this label should always remain visible after the installation is completed. Of course, not all types of window are constructed in the same fashion, so NFPA 80 continues to detail specific stipulations for many varieties, including:

Hollow metal framed windows

Hot rolled or extruded steel windows, including industrial, commercial and residential types

Glass block assemblies

Regardless of the type you favor, however, all the fire windows in your facility should be the same variety. Additionally, all fire windows must close automatically, operating without human interference whenever a fire detector triggers the ventilator mechanism.

Your testing regimen is important. NFPA 257 details a schedule for testing as well as procedures to follow. UL 9 describes the required fire protection ratings for each type of window opening.

Although there are a lot of rules to keep track of, it’s essential that you follow them all to the letter if you want to keep your building license. If you’re not sure about where to start making safety compliance improvements, simply get in touch with a reputable fire protection company, such as BRAND SERVICES.

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