Do fire doors need maintenance? If so, how often should they be checked?
As with any other life-saving product, a fire door should be checked regularly to ensure it functions correctly and is ready to use. It should be considered in exactly the same way as testing a smoke alarm or a fire extinguisher.
Any slight alteration to the door or its surroundings can affect the performance of a door. Periodic checks should be carried out at least every 6 months, or more regularly depending on the traffic using the door.
A maintenance checklist is available to ensure you check all of the items correctly.
Remember, you must maintain doors correctly and can be prosecuted under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order if you fail to do so.