Fire Pins

Q: I had a company put in the fire plugs on the doors to replace the lower bottom rods. Was this okay? They say that the plugs have a thermal-pin that will secure the door in case there was a fire.

A: You must be referring to fire pins… I cannot say if this is okay or not. That is up to the manufacturer of the fire doors. You are not allowed to modify a fire-rated door assembly other than what the manufacturer permits. If you haven’t already done so, contact the manufacturer of the door and ask them if fire pins are permitted to be installed in their door in lieu of the lower bottom rod after the door is installed.

The manufacturer achieves a listing from an independent testing laboratory for the fire-rating of their door assembly. If you modify that door assembly beyond what was tested and listed by the testing laboratory, then you have violated the listing of the door and the entire door assembly would need to be replaced.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.