The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published further guidance on fire door safety for long-term care. Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet adopted the 2012 edition of the NFPA 101® Life Safety Code®, it is anticipated by experts.
Current regulation has minimal fire door inspection standards for long-term care facilities, whereas the 2012 edition requires that fire doors be inspected and tested on an annual basis. According to the NFPA, the requirements will help to ensure safety given that fire doors are used heavily in healthcare institutions, leading to wear and tear. In order to work, they must be maintained properly.
Under the regulations, building owners and facility managers are responsible for scheduling inspections, maintaining documentation, and being educated on changes to the standard and the need for building inspection, testing, and maintenance.