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Black Dorgard Fire Door Holder

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Product Overview


Completely wireless and battery operated the Dorgard fire door holder keeps fire doors open safely and legally. Dorgards are inconspicuous units that are ideal for installation in both public and private premises including public sector buildings, office blocks, nursing homes, schools, educational sites, hospitals and care trusts to name but a few. The design both improves users access through a building when the fire door is being retained helping conformity to the Equality Act 2010. The Dorgard door holder releases the fire doors in an emergency when the fire alarm sounds by detecting the acoustic signal from the alarms.

  • CE marked
  • Dorgards comply to BS EN 1155 and BS 7273-4 Category B
  • Recognised and accepted by UK fire services
  • UK Manufactured
  • Supplied with 2 C size alkaline batteries
  • Dorgard units can be installed within 5 minutes
  • Supplied in black

Dorgard has a rubber plunger/stopper which remains in contact with the floor and, unlike magnetic fire door retainers, can hold the door open in any selected position. When a fire alarm sounds, the integral audio-electronic device inside the Dorgard signals the plunger to retract, allowing the fire door close normally (Dorgard will release after approximately 14 seconds). Dorgard is battery powered, so there is no need for complex and expensive wiring into the building's fire alarm system. This means that the Dorgard can be installed and operates alongside any existing fire alarm system currently in place. Please note that your alarm's sound level has to be higher than 65dB at the location of the door to allow the Dorgard to pick up the alarm up. This is also the required alarm sound level for populated areas according to BS5839-1:2002 (Clause 16.2).

Animation showing how the Dorgard works
Dorgard Kit

The Dorgard fire door holder kit includes the all the components needed for fitting a Dorgard unit.

  • New Generation Black Dorgard
  • 2 x Alkaline Batteries
  • 1 x Floor Plate
  • 4 x Fixing Screws For Dorgard
  • 4 x Fixing Screws For Floor Plate
  • 4 x Rawl Plugs For Floor Plate
  • Fitting Templates
  • Quick Start Guide
Technical Diagram
Diagram showing the Dorgard dimensions
Overall Dorgard height: 205mm
Dorgard main casing height: 153mm
Dorgard width: 195mm
Dorgard depth: 45mm
Plunger / Stopper travel: 20mm
Packed Dorgard kit weight 940g
Casing material ABS
Battery: 2 x C alkaline
Battery life expectancy +12 months

Dorgard Technical Diagram

Technical digram showing the individual parts of the Dorgard unit

Installation of the Dorgard is simple using the Fitting and Operating guide

Dorgard Floorplate:

The Dorgard floorplate is designed for use with an installed Dorgard and is fitted to the floor using 4 screws.

Fire doors weighing more than 120Kg, which have a closing force in excess of 120nm (that is a force of about 15kg, 800mm from the hinge) must have the floorplate installed in combination with the Dorgard unit. Dorgard can hold a fire door open safely without the floor plate installation if the fire doors weight and closing force are less than that above.

Installing a Dorgard floorplate is recommended when:

  • Your fire door has a powerful overhead door closer and the fire door tends to creep closed even with a Dorgard fitted.
  • The floor is slippery or has a very smooth surface and the fire door tends to creep closed even with a Dorgard fitted.
Technical Data

Technical Data

This is the technical data for the Black Dorgard Fire Door Holder.

Product Code FCDG01BK
Weight 0.94kg
Warranty 5 Years
Case Material ABS
Battery Type 2 x C Size Alkaline
Expected Battery Life Minimum One Year
Sensitivity 65dB
Dimensions (Case Only) Height (mm): 153
Width (mm): 195
Depth (mm): 45
Dimensions (Including Plunger and Foot) Height (mm): 205

Product Datasheets

The following datasheets are available for this product.

FAQs (17)
Q. Will the Dorgard release automatically at night?

Yes, if set to do so. There are three timed setting options for night time release which the installer can select prior to installation. Batteries to activate the internal clock in the Dorgard must be inserted at 12.00hrs (midday) and the night time settings can then be selected and set accordingly. The Dorgard will then release each night at the pre-determined time.

Q. Where Dorgards have been fitted should employees be made aware of them?

Employees should be informed about Dorgard and instructed on its use and operation and include it in the workplace fire routine.

Q. Does a fire alarm audibility test need to be carried out before fitting Dorgard?

As Dorgard is an audio sensing device that can be adjusted within certain limits, it is not necessary to carry out a test before the installation. If the Dorgard cannot detect the alarm to respond to it the likelihood is that the alarm is not sounding at the minimum level required by BS 5839 which should alert the user to a problem with the alarm system that will require remedial action.

Q. Can the Dorgard test itself?

A self-test routine is run every seven days by the Dorgard. The plunger is released, closing the door and the unit will emit a warning alarm if a fault is detected.

Q. Will the closing of a fire door by a Dorgard affect other units by restricting the sound of the fire alarm through the closed door?

No, the operation of the Dorgard, or the ability to hear the fire alarm, should not be affected provided the sound level stated in BS5839 is adhered to throughout the building. Dorgards can be adjusted if the sound level does drop slightly within performance limits.

Q. Which standard does the Dorgard comply with?

Dorgard complies with the new standard for low voltage hold open devices, BS EN 1155.

Q. Why does the Dorgard not close the door as soon as the fire alarm sounds?

Dorgard listens for the sound of the alarm system every 4 seconds. The sound has to continue for 10 seconds to activate the closing action of Dorgard. This ensures that the closing of the door will not be delayed any longer than 14 seconds. This compares with hard wired units that have a delay built in to the system.

Q. Will the Dorgard work in noisy environments?

Yes, in an environment where the ambient level of noise is above 80db the unit will close automatically to all noise. Alternatively the Dorgard SmartSound, which is specially designed for noisy environments, or the Dorgard Pro, which takes its release signal from the central fire alarm panel, can be used.

Q. Does the Dorgard only operate at one decibel level?

No, the Dorgard reacts to sound levels between 65db and 85db. All sounds in excess of 65db will activate the Dorgard to close the door. This complies with BS5839 which gives 65 dB as the minimum sound level for fire alarms.

Q. I am a disabled person and struggle to open the heavy firedoors in my home. Do you have a product that can legally keep them open, that will close, automatically closing them when a fire is detected?

The Dorgard will hold the fire door open and release in the case of an alarm sounding. To make a fire door open and close easily without the resistance of a fire door closer we offer a further product, the Freedor. It is placed instead of the overhead fire door closer and in normal operation offers no resistance to the user. Like the Dorgard it closes the door should there be a fire alarm.

Q. Is the Dorgard suitable in sleeping risk premises?

Yes. The Dorgard can hold a fire door open to maintain the functionality of the building by allowing an uninterrupted flow of people through the building during the day and releasing the fire door to close in the evening. You can adjust the Dorgard to automatically close at night.

Q. If the fire alarm system fails how can Dorgard fail-safe?

Within the risk assessment for the building there should be an instruction that in the event of a failure in the fire alarm system all door hold-open devices should be deactivated, though this should be a rare event as the majority of systems have to have emergency backup power supplies which means they should continue to work in the event of of power failure.

Q. Where should I fit Dorgard?

Dorgard can be fitted where there is a need to hold open a fire door to enable the movement and circulation of people around a building. Dorgard can be fitted to self-closing fire doors. The building must have a fire alarm and a risk assessment carried out by the employer to check the suitability of using a Dorgard as some high risk areas e.g. kitchens, boiler rooms and doors protecting a single staircase building may not be appropriate.

Q. The Dorgard is sold with a 5 year guarantee, but there is no reference to this in the literature with the product.

Safelincs is the only Dorgard retailer who offers a 5 year warranty on the Dorgard. This warranty is not described in the generic manual etc of the product, which refers only to the standard manufacturer warranty of two years. Safelincs covers the additional warranty of the Dorgard. Our statement on the website is proof of our warranty. You can print out our Dorgard pages if you want to have proof of the 5 year warranty in the future. However proof of purchase from us is enough.

Q. Can Dorgard be used on a double door application where the doors need to close in a sequence?

Dorgard can be used on double door applications. The Dorgard does not control the speed of the door closing, it is the door closer that does this. To ensure that the doors close in the correct sequence the speed of the door closer on each door would need adjusting. Ensure that the leaf that needs to close first is set to close at a faster speed than the other.

Q. What are the fail safe features of the Dorgard?

The Dorgard has several safety features built in. The unit will detect when the battery voltage is dropping. It will then emit a warning sound and release the plunger. The device will not allow the plunger to hold the door open until the batteries have been replaced. Dorgard will also not allow the plunger to be used should the batteries be removed from the unit.

Q. How do you know that Dorgard has detected smoke or a fire?

The Dorgard does not detect smoke or the fire. It works by being able to react to the fire alarm that goes off on detection of a fire. The unit will lift the plunger on the sound of the alarm, a warning tone is emitted when the door is closing.

Pricing & Availability

Model Stock 1+ units 10+ units 100+ units
Product Code: FCDG01BK Stock Level:
More than 20 in stock Expected dispatch: Tomorrow
1+ units:

£107.40 inc VAT

£89.50 ex VAT

10+ units:

£105.85 inc VAT

£88.21 ex VAT

100+ units:

£103.44 inc VAT

£86.20 ex VAT

Customer Reviews

13 customers have have given this product an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5

Reviews by real customers

All of our product reviews are written by real customers that have purchased this product from us and are published without modification.

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: P H

Great service thank you

Published on: 22nd March 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: S G

Great product. I have finally got rid of those door wedges

Published on: 12th September 2017

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: M G

Great product and service

Published on: 14th November 2016

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: N T

Quick & easy solution

Published on: 17th September 2016

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: G R

Simple to fit following the clear instructions and the included template

Published on: 11th July 2016

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: A T

An elegant simple and low cost solution to controlling fire doors. This is such a simple way of adding alarm control to fire door closures through an alarm sounder audio link. The units are simple to install with helpful instructions.

Published on: 16th April 2016

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

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Exactly what i needed Quick delivery, product in good condition

Published on: 27th July 2015

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by:

Arrived the next day as promised and works perfectly

Published on: 31st May 2015

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by:

Amazing Product We have now installed 6 of these units and they are amazing. Delivery was speedy and price was very affordable, especially for the peace of mind it gives us. We had an emergency evacuation last week and everything worked like a charm. Excellent. Very happy customer.

Published on: 20th August 2014

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

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Great Thanks for quick delivery, good price, great product.

Published on: 7th January 2014

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