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Welcome to the Safe Doors Saves Lives Foundation!

Door Safety, LLC, is in the final phase of transitioning into the Safe Doors Saves Lives Foundation, Inc (SDSLF). The SDSLF a Virginia-based non-stock (aka non-profit) educational company. We are in the process of obtaining our 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. IRS Pub 557 indicates that the effective date of our exemption will be retroactive to our date of incorporation which is May 5, 2023.  Donations might be tax exempt.

in the meantime, we are updating our website, publications, and training materials, and getting everything in place. Our website will continue using the DoorSafety.com domain; the DoorSafety.org domain also brings you to us here. 

Register now for our upcoming Live Online DSI Training & Certification Class Spring 2024!

Begins on March 19th at 4 pm (Eastern)

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Here are clips from last year's Spring 2023 Live Online DSI Training & Certification Class:


Are you looking for the Fire Protection Research Foundation's (FPRF) reports on their
Door Gaps Around and Under Swinging Fire Doors research project?

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Available Now! 

Door Safety's Study digital cards (see the demo deck below) for NFPA 80's inspecting and testing requirements of swinging fire doors are FREE to all Door Safety Inspectors (DSIs) and to students enrolled in our Door Safety Inspector (DSI) Training & Certification class.
      Access to our digital NFPA 80 Study Cards is also included in our annual 
General Interest subscription. Basic Access subscribers and non-subscribers can purchase access our digital NFPA 80 Study Cards. 
There are fifteen (15) cards in this demo deck; only five (5) are displayed at a time. Refreshing your browser shuffles the deck. CLICK on the face of the cards to enlarge.

The Challenge: First, answer the question on the front of each card without flipping it. Next, in your copy of NFPA 80 (2016), look up all the references for each topic. When you are ready, flip the card and check your answers and references. Take the time to look up each citation in NFPA 80 and learn how to make it work for you.

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On-Demand Webinars

    • 08/27/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12/31/2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Learning.DoorSafety.com (On-Demand Access)
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    Recorded on August 27, 2019.

    Got swinging fire doors? Got questions? Good news, you are not alone! Since July of 2016, swinging fire doors in healthcare facilities have been subject to the door safety inspection and testing requirements of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Opening Protectives. Many door safety inspection reports include erroneous listings of deficiencies. Some facilities are instructed (and required) to relabel their door frames and doors unnecessarily.

    This webinar will help everyone involved in the fire door inspection process. AHJs, architects, code consultants, contractors/installers, facility management personnel, inspectors, and door and hardware suppliers.

    There is something for everyone! Misunderstandings of NFPA 80's requirements lead to misapplying and over-applying its requirements. Knowing how to fact-check door safety inspection reports to sort out conditions requiring corrective action from incorrectly listed non-compliant conditions is necessary.

    Dispelling assumptions, myths, and misconceptions of swinging fire doors clarify which requirements apply to each fire door assembly, and when.

    This webinar discusses many of the assumptions and myths regarding swinging fire doors and might help you better manage NFPA 80's door safety inspection and testing process.

    This recorded webinar event is hosted on our learning management system (LMS). First-time users logging on to Learning.DoorSafety.com need to use the SET PASSWORD process to complete their accounts.

    IMPORTANT: Your User ID is the same email address you used to create your account on WWW.DoorSafety.com. You can use the same or different password for your Learning.DoorSafety.com account.

    Allow up to 60 minutes for your access to this recording to synchronize with our LMS. Non-Subscribers might experience longer delays while their user profiles are created.

    • 09/24/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12/31/2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Learning.DoorSafety.com (On-Demand Access)
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    Recorded September 24, 2019.

    Codes require labels fire-rated door frames, doors, and (most, not all) hardware components to be maintained in legible condition throughout the service lives of swinging doors. Painted and missing labels on swinging fire doors are cited as deficiencies on door safety inspection reports frequently. The process for replacing painted labels and missing labels is called field labeling.

    Field labeling—sometimes referred to as re-labeling—entails hiring a service provider to come on-site to verify the condition of the affected door assembly component(s) and confirm their installation meets the appropriate industry standards. If so, field labeling providers are able to apply new labels—not original labels—to door assembly components.

    Before the 2016 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, NFPA 80 was silent on the longstanding industry practice of field labeling. Traditionally, field labeling services were provided by the nationally recognized testing laboratories (NRTLs). Today, field labeling services are being provided by non-testing labs, which raises the need for vetting prospective companies before hiring them to do this work. Performing your due diligence before you hire a labeling service provider is essential.  You need to verify that the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)—the appropriate AHJ, that is—will approve and accept the field inspection labels from your service provider.

    Knowing when, and why, field labeling existing fire-rated doors might be needed, and how it should be applied is critical. Can field labeling be used to upgrade or downgrade (e.g., increase or decrease) hourly fire ratings of doors? Can non-fire rated existing doors—doors that were never labeled—be converted into labeled fire doors by field labeling? How are older existing door assemblies be evaluated? This presentation will answer these (and other) questions.


    • 10/29/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12/31/2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Learning.DoorSafety.com (On-Demand Access)
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    Recorded on October 29, 2019.

    Do you know which types of glass and glazing materials are permitted in swinging fire door assemblies, especially in older existing doors? It can be confusing at times. Is wire glass permitted in today’s swinging fire doors? Is wire glass permitted to be used in non-fire rated doors? When are markings required on glass and glazing materials? Which glass and glazing materials meet the requirements for impact-resistance? Is wire glass permitted to be used in older existing doors? This webinar answers these questions (and more).

    Knowing the code and standard requirements for glass and glazing materials used in swinging fire door assemblies is important. NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives contains provisions for fire protection-rated and fire resistance-rated glass and glazing materials.

    This recorded webinar event is hosted on our learning management system (LMS). First-time users logging on to Learning.DoorSafety.com need to use the SET PASSWORD process to complete their accounts.

    IMPORTANT: Your User ID is the same email address you used to create your account on WWW.DoorSafety.com. You can use the same or different password for your Learning.DoorSafety.com account.

    Allow up to 60 minutes for your access to this recording to synchronize with our LMS. Non-Subscribers might experience longer delays while their user profiles are created.

    • 11/26/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12/31/2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Learning.DoorSafety.com (On Demand Access)
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    Recorded on November 26, 2019.

    What are S-labeled doors? Why are they used? Where are they used? Are all swinging fire doors required to be S-labeled? Chances are that you have asked some of these same questions at one point or another. You might have gotten different answers to these questions depending upon who you asked. Some fire door inspectors know what S-labeled are, per se, but they don't always know where the codes require S-labeled doors to be used.

    The building, fire, and life safety codes have varied, but similar, requirements for S-labeled doors. Knowing where the "codes" require S-labeled doors is the first step in understanding how to inspect, test, and maintain them.

    This recorded webinar event is hosted on our learning management system (LMS). First-time users logging on to Learning.DoorSafety.com need to use the SET PASSWORD process to complete their accounts.


    IMPORTANT: Your User ID is the same email address you used to create your account on WWW.DoorSafety.com. You can use the same or different password for your Learning.DoorSafety.com account.

    • 12/17/2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12/31/2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Learning.DoorSafety.com (On-Demand Access)
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    Recorded on December 17, 2019.

    NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, requires formal door safety inspection and operational testing of the types of fire doors and window assemblies that it covers. The most important principle of performing NFPA 80's inspections and testing is that the doors and windows should be inspected in accordance with the codes and standards that were in effect at the time of installation. That makes sense, right? In most cases, it's easier said, than done.

    Have you ever wondered when sections of wire glass in swinging doors were required to be individually labeled? How about the requirements regarding the installation of fire exit hardware on swinging fire doors? Do labels on fire-rated hollow metal (aka, steel) door frames need include the hourly ratings? When (and why) did NFPA 80 set limitations for signage applied to doors? What about the requirements for older existing swinging fire doors?

    This webinar presents a history of NFPA 80's ever-evolving requirements for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. Fire door inspectors, AHJs. and facility personnel need to be aware of NFPA 80's history to accurately and appropriately assess existing swinging fire doors.


    • 01/28/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12/31/2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Learning.DoorSafety.com (On-Demand Access)
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    Recorded on January 28, 2020.

    Another webinar on NFPA 80's door safety inspections and testing for fire doors! How could there be anything else to talk about, right? That's a fair question to ask. Many articles, blogs, posts, and webinars have been made regarding NFPA 80's door safety inspections for fire door assemblies. Very few, if any, of these articles, blogs, posts, and webinars focus on how to assess the conditions of fire doors. They covered the technical criteria and requirements for inspecting and testing swinging fire doors, but they are silent on how to perform the inspections and testing. NFPA 80 itself is silent regarding "the how" of the inspections and testing processes.

    Door safety inspections of fire doors need to be performed in a manner that produces consistent results, from one door assembly to the next, and between the persons performing the inspections; especially, in the same building/facility. AHJs need to have confidence that the inspections and testing records accurately reflect the conditions of the fire doors—at least, at the time the inspections and testing took place.

    This webinar focuses on the "how" of performing NFPA 80's door safety inspections and testings. For example, door safety inspectors need to follow the same process every time they assess the condition of swinging fire door assemblies. Many fire doors have mechanical functions only. Some fire doors have electrified and mechanical functions, ranging from automatic-closing operation to sophisticated access-control functions and powered operated functions.

    This recorded webinar event is hosted on our learning management system (LMS). First-time users logging on to Learning.DoorSafety.com need to use the SET PASSWORD process to complete their accounts.

    IMPORTANT: Your User ID is the same email address you used to create your account on WWW.DoorSafety.com. You can use the same or different password for your Learning.DoorSafety.com account.


    • 02/11/2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 12/31/2025
    • 12:00 AM
    • On-Demand @ Learning.DoorSafety.com
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    Fire Doors Have One Job! 
    Presented by Keith E. Pardoe, DSC, DSI, FDAI, DAHC, CDC.
    (Recorded February 9, 2022.)

    This webinar is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes long, and includes the extended live Q&A session that immediately followed the presentation.

    Swinging fire doors have one job: preventing a fire from spreading.

    Properly inspecting and maintaining swinging fire doors ensures they are ready to perform their one job. Understanding NFPA 80’s current requirements for inspecting, maintaining, and repairing swinging fire doors is only the beginning.

    Older existing fire doors were installed before many of today’s code requirements came into effect. Learning how older existing fire doors need to be inspected and maintained is essential to correctly performing NFPA 80’s door safety inspection.

    This two-hour webinar introduces you to the 2022 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. Specifically, this session covers changes in NFPA 80 that provide guidance for inspecting and maintaining older existing fire doors.


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