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Firefighting: Construction Concerns: Maintenance

By Gregory Havel I was told decades ago during a tour of a new building that the building would be “maintenance-free for 20 years.” Unfortunately, if property owners and managers do not begin to care for their buildings while they are still new, they will begin to deteriorate, hardware will wear out, and life safety issues can develop. Photo 1 shows a self-closing hinge on a hotel-room door. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, Life Safety Code, 2012 edition, which is incorporated by reference into most building and fire codes, requires that the walls and doors between hotel rooms and hotel corridors be rated for one hour (NFPA 101: These doors are required to be ...

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