The biggest misconception about fire doors is that either they don’t have to be maintained or they are easy to maintain. Any slight alteration to the door or its surroundings can affect the performance of a door. NFPA 80 & NFPA 105 requires fire door and smoke door inspections to be carried out annually. To keep compliant the code recommends periodic checks should be carried out at least every 6 months, or more regularly depending on the traffic using the door. The best way to maintain fire doors is to set up a maintenance plan. If you’re a facility manager with lots of fire doors this allows you to break up the inspections over a period of time. A maintenance plan also allows you to budget and ensures that your fire doors are being inspected on schedule.