How many of you have seen fire doors wedged open? Especially with the warm weather we are having recently or when deliveries are being made, it is a common occurrence to see fire doors open.
However, did you know that wedging a fire door open could cause you some hefty fines and penalties, if it resulted in putting someone’s life at risk?
Fire doors play a vital role in keeping staff members safe. They need to remain closed to stop the spread of fire and smoke if a fire breaks out, and to allow people to evacuate safely. They also have an important role in protecting buildings from further damage. All fire doors are marked with a ‘fire door, keep shut’ sign and this should be adhered to at all time.
So, why do people wedge open fire doors?
Fire doors are very heavy, which makes them difficult to go through, when needed. If you have deliveries or are using that exit for a particular reason, it can be hard to keep holding it open. This often results in a door wedge being used, although we have also seen fire extinguishers, pot plants, chairs and other pieces of furniture to keep them open.
What many people don’t realise though, wedging fire doors open is in fact against the law. The only safe way to keep a fire door open is with special designed devices that close the fire doors automatically if the fire alarm sounds.
If you want to open your fire doors legally, then the Dorgard Pro is for you. It’s an ideal system for the healthcare, education, hospitality industries, and all workplaces. The fire door retainer keeps fire doors open, but closes automatically when an alarm is activated.
The Dorgard Pro has a transmitter that is integrated to your fire alarm panel and it can also be integrated with your intruder alarm or lockdown system. It’s a wireless technology, that is battery powered. It can also be radio-activated using a Fireco Transmitter, if required.
Benefits of the Dorgard Pro
- It can be fitted to any door
- It recognises the sound of your alarm, which is perfect for busy and noisy environments
- Once installed, it has a 5-year battery life, so you don’t have to keep checking and changing them
- It can be installed on hard surfaces, as well as carpet
- It comes with a 5-year warranty, offering you peace of mind
- Its transmitter checks the status of all units, so you don’t have to worry and can concentrate on other areas of the business
How is the Dorgard Pro Installed?
The Dorgard Pro requires installation by a trained professional. East Kent Electrical are very pleased to be an approved Dorgard Pro Installer. If you would like any more information or would like to discuss having the Dorgard Pro installed, please contact us to discuss your requirements.