When running any sort of business, there are dozens of codes, laws, and regulations you need to keep up to date with, and these can get quite overwhelming. While some are relatively easy to understand, some of these codes you will likely have never heard of. For instance, you may not be aware that you probably have doors inside your business that require a yearly, or semi-annual, inspection. These doors are built to help control and mitigate fires that may occur within your building and are required in many states. Here is everything you need to know about inspecting your fire doors.

Not Just Any Old Door

Fire doors are specifically made to withstand intense heat and a lot of pressure, which sets them apart from all your other standard doorframes in the building. However, because the materials in them need to be in perfect working order to actually do their job, they need to be inspected so that you know they can do what they promise you they will. A single safety precaution that is damaged or out of place and the door becomes kindling rather than a barrier. If you have just recently bought your business or are new to the world of management, you may not yet have realized which ones are fire doors and which ones are regular, and it is important you figure that out soon. 

Inspections By Qualified Experts

A fire door inspection must be done by someone who has been trained in the specific models of doors you have and has the proper diagnostic tools to tell whether or not your door is okay or needs to be repaired. In many states, there is a legal requirement and you must have a license or adequate documentation to prove you can perform a fire door inspection. Always make sure to fully vet the person you have coming to check your fire doors to make sure they can inspect your model of door.

Keep All Your Information In One Place

Fire doors will have specific timelines on when they need to be inspected, and often have their own schedule of when they have been looked at in the past. You need to keep all of this information in one place so you can easily access it either when called upon by someone from the government or for the next fire inspector who needs to sign it and note down whatever issues you may need to fix up. You also need it if you ever think about selling your property, as the next owner will want to see that the place is safe and secure should a fire break out. 

For more information, contact a local company, like NCI Life Safety Assistance.