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What are the requirements for protection plates on fire rated doors?

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Fire-rated doors should have approved protective plates (i.e. fire-rated kick plates) no greater than 16 inches from the bottom of the door unless they have a rating label. The Joint Commission uses NFPA 80 (2010) 6.4.5 regarding Protection Plates which states that: Factory-installed protection plates shall be installed in accordance with the listing of the door. Field-installed protection plates shall be labeled and installed in accordance with their listing. 
Labeling is not required where the top of the protection plate is not more than 16 in. (406 mm) above the bottom of the door.   Labeling is required for field installed protective plates greater than higher 16 in. from the bottom of the door. Per NFPA 80, Door Protection Plate is defined as: Protective material applied to the face of a door and generally made of approximately 0.05-in. (1.2-mm) thick brass, bronze, aluminum, or stainless steel or 1/8-in. (3.2-mm) thick laminated plastic. 
Reference LS.02.01.10 EP11 
Manual: Behavioral Health
Chapter: Life Safety LS
First published date: April 11, 2016 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
This page was last updated on October 26, 2021

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