“Do you expect us to check all of our fire doors twice a year?”

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• A fire door should be regularly checked every six months to ensure it functions correctly and will perform to its designed standard in the event of a fire. Periodic checks should be carried out at least once every six months although newly occupied buildings may require more frequent checks in the first year of use.

• If the door is in a high traffic area or used frequently then they should be checked more regularly e.g. once a week/month as signs of wear will appear more quickly with increased use.

• Under the RRFSO, the duties of the Responsible Person include regular inspections of fire prevention “assets”, including fire doors. BS 8214: 2008 recommends that door leaves and frames are checked at six-monthly intervals for superficial damage, structural damage and excessive bowing or deformation.

• Even in BS 9999:2017 section 1.6.2 states ‘all fire doors should be inspected every six months’.

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