New Adapter Plate to Allow Dorgard to be Fitted to Steel Doors

The Dorgard fire door retainer has traditionally been suitable for use on wooden doors only.  The fixing screws supplied with the Dorgard did not allow for installation on steel doors – an application growing in popularity.  With the increase in steel door installations, it was evident that an adapter was needed to cater for this requirement.

Working with Fireco, the manufacturers, Safelincs now offer the new self-adhesive adapter plate, which allows for the Dorgard fire door retainer to be installed on a steel door.  The adapter is fitted quickly and easily and the Dorgard can be removed for maintenance purposes from the plate even after the install. The adapter plate is supplied with a chemical cleaning cloth to prepare the door’s surface and clear instructions for the installation.

Using the Dorgard fitting template as a guide, this allows for the installer to mark out the necessary position of the plate.  Once marked, the plate can be secured to the steel door using the self adhesive sticker pads. The Dorgard can then be fixed to the adapter plate using the fixing screws provided.

The adapter plate for steel doors can also be used with the wood effect Dorgard fire door retainers, as well as the metal cover finishes.

Do fire doors restrict your movement?

Fire doors are a necessity but their design and purpose can sometimes restrict movement within a building. To ensure that fire doors are closed in the event of a fire and to avoid putting people at risk, they are fitted with a door closer. The door closer pushes the door closed once it has been opened. The strength of the door closer can make if difficult to open fire doors.

This can affect in particular elderly people in a care home or porters who have to push wheelchairs or trolleys. Promoting the mobility and independence of the elderly is essential to maintain their well being, but how do you achieve this without breaking any fire safety regulations?

Dorgard is a fire door retainer, which legally holds fire doors open with a plunger system. This allows free movement within the building but does not compromise your fire safety. On the sounding of the fire alarm system the Dorgard will release the plunger and enable the door closer to close the fire door, keeping the occupants of the building safe from the spread of fire.

For situations where it is a necessity to close fire doors at night the units can be programmed to close at a predetermined time. This clever unit has an exclusive 5 year warranty from Safelincs and is also offered with free shipping.  They are available in mahogany, black, red and white as well as the wood effect series, Dorgard Effects, which are available in four different wood types.

 

5 Year extended warranty on ALL essential fire safety goods

Many fire safety products purchased by our customers are long term purchases and so a long lasting quality is expected. Despite this expectation we were always surprised at the short warranties offered by manufacturers. How could a large fire safe costing hundreds of pounds be only warranted for two years? We saw this as a challenge and Safelincs has been researching alternative suppliers and forms of underwriting for its fire safety product range ever since. As a first step we introduced a 10 year warranty on our top range of fire extinguishers, an extended warranties for the Dorgard fire door retainers and as the final achievement we have now rolled out a free extended warranty on all essential fire safety goods. All these products will now have a warranty of at least 5 years. The extended warranties consist of the warranty offered by the manufacturer plus the additional free extended warranty underwritten by Safelincs.

Products that will be covered by the 5 year extended warranty are

  • all fire safes
  • anti-arson letterboxes
  • emergency lights
  • Dorgard fire door retainers
  • fire door closers (10 year warranty)
  • exit hardware (10 year warranty)

And of course all our smoke and CO alarms, as well as all our extinguishers, already have a minimum five year warranty.

These free extended warranties will ensure our customers get value for money and that they can be confident that when dealing with us they will always get a professional service and the best fire safety products available in the market.

Our extended 5 year warranty on all essential fire safety goods and our free after fire replacement policy are just two reasons why Safelincs continues to be the supplier of choice for fire safety goods for many businesses. Buy from Safelincs, the UK’s largest online fire safety supplier, to ensure that your products will still be working when you expect them to.

Care home fire safety ruling

After the recent BBC investigation about London care homes not meeting fire safety regulations there has been an important court ruling that will hopefully change the behavior of care home owners and increase the safety of the residents.

The issue  regarding resident bedroom doors, which must be fitted with self closing fire doors, and the risk of these fire doors being wedged open in an illegal manner was addressed. Fire doors are generally heavy and when fitted with a self closing device very hard for an elderly person to open. In the case of care homes fitting bedroom doors with these devices will restrict the mobility and independence of residents. The fear was that care home owners will then wedge the doors open to allow residents to freely move in and out of their bedrooms. This practice is illegal and the judicial ruling now stipulates that self-closing fire doors must be fitted with a device that will hold the door open and which releases the door when a fire alarm is triggered, allowing the fire door to be closed with the door closer to prevent the spread of fire.

This is ruling is paramount in ensuring the safety of vulnerable residents. The solution to this new ruling need not result in having a new system wired into the premises but can be resolved with wireless devices such as Dorgard or Freedor. Both devices are wireless and can be fitted retrospectively to fire doors without the need of an electrician.

The Dorgard can be fitted to any door with a self closing device and will hold the door open until the fire alarm sounds. At this point the door retainer will lift the plunger and the fire door will close. The Freedor works in a similar way but it acts not only as a door holder but also as a door closer, incorporating the two devices in one. This device can hold the fire door open at any angle required and will then release and close the fire door on the sounding of the fire alarm.

Both fire door retainers have a night time closing feature and have adjustable  sensitivity. As the Dorgard and Freedor are both wireless products they can be fitted by a handy man rather than a costly electrician. The Dorgard has a 5 year warranty, which is only available from Safelincs Ltd.

For more information on fire door retainers and door holders please visit our website https://www.safelincs.co.uk/dorgard-and-other-fire-door-retainers/

More information about the judicial ruling can be found at http://www.cpbsonline.eu/pressrelease/pressrelease.aspx?companyname=Fireco&title=Court+Makes+Important+Care+Home+Fire+Safety+Ruling

New Dorgard fire door holder sub-site

dorgards are fire door holders that allow doors fitted with door closers to be held open but allowing them to close in the event of the fire alarm sounding. The dorgard is activated when the fire alarm sounds and then releases the door allowing it to close and function as a fire door. Holding doors open during the summer months is particularly important when offices get hot and stuffy.

Occasionally, customers ask for more details with regards to the installation of dorgard fire door holders. To aid with installation tips, setting and maintenance as well as installation video tutorials, we have now launched a new sub-portal dedicated to the dorgard fire door holders.

We are of course always available to answer customer calls as well if you have any further questions.

New FAQ compilation for Dorgard fire door retainer

The Dorgard is one of our most popular products. It helps our customers to stay legally compliant and at the same time keeps fire doors open when there are periods of high footfall or when the temperature gets stifling during the summer. The Dorgard comes with a very handy and thorough manual. Nevertheless, we do get asked a few questions and to help our customers, we now have compiled an overview of all the questions asked and the answers to them.

1.) Can the Dorgard operate at only one decibel level?

Our Dorgard reacts to a sound level adjustable between 65 dB and 85 dB, so all sounds in excess of 65 dB will activate the Dorgard.  This complies with BS5839 which gives 65 dB as the minimum sound level for fire alarms.

In situations where the ambient noise level is above 80 dB, Dorgard has a safety feature that allows it to release automatically to all sounds above 65 dB as you would probably not hear a 65 dB fire alarm over the noise level in this situation.

The Dorgard is also capable of being adjusted to operate to the sound of an individual fire alarm making it adaptable to any particular environment.

2.) When a fire alarm sounds why does Dorgard not close the door immediately?

Dorgard only listens for a sound every 4 seconds and the sound has to be continuous for 10 seconds for it to operate. This helps to preserve the battery life of the unit and means the operation should not be delayed by any more than 14 seconds.

This compares with other similar retainers that are wired into the fire alarm system and have a built-in delay.

3.) Is the Dorgard a fail-safe product?

In the event that the batteries reach a low voltage or the battery compartment is tampered with or opened, Dorgard will automatically release its plunger, closing the door, thus making the design fail-safe. The plunger can not be used to keep the door open if there are no batteries in the unit or the batteries have no voltage left.

When the batteries are running low an audible warning will be sounded every 17 minutes in the form of a series of beeps and a red LED will flash to warn of the depleting batteries until they are fully exhausted, removed or replaced.

As part of your yearly regular fire alarm checks the Dorgard batteries should be renewed as required.

The Dorgard will perform its’ built in self-test by releasing the open door every 7 days.

4.) Is there a formal standard that the Dorgard complies with?

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

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

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.

6.) Where to fit Dorgard?

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.

7.) 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 a fault. A yellow Do Not Use warning label is supplied with each unit and should be placed over the unit when deactivated and can be removed once the fire alarm system is restored.

8.) Where a door is fitted with a Dorgard does there need to be a smoke detector sited on each side?

For the earliest detection of fire and sounding the alarm, it is better to have smoke detectors in adjacent rooms, as the Dorgard is triggered by the sound of the alarm.

9.) 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 also adjust the Dorgard to automatically close at night.

10.) Can door warping be prevented by using Dorgard?

To prevent warping Dorgard self-tests every seven days which helps to ensure reliability and alleviate stress to the door which on doors that are wedged open for long periods of time, would cause warping. This self-testing also helps to prevent seizure of the overhead door closer by allowing it to cycle itself.

11.)  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.

12.) 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 “hear” 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. The Dorgard should be removed until the alarm has been rectified to meet the minimum sound level required by the Standard.

13.) When 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.

14.) 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. The unit’s internal clock must be powered up at midday 12:00hrs to inform the unit what time it is. The installer then selects the setting required by activating a switch on the unit and Dorgard will then release each night at the pre-determined time. The unit will not be operational as a door retainer until it automatically resets itself the following morning.

Dorgard with five times the standard warranty – only from Safelincs

Now that the weather is getting warm many offices will be feeling hot and stuffy. The natural reaction to this is to open doors and windows to increase the air circulation.

However, holding self-closing fire doors open with extinguishers and other ‘handy’ objects stops fire doors closing when the fire alarm sounds. This is not only illegal, it is also very dangerous. Fire will spread rapidly should the fire doors remain open. This is where a Dorgard fire door retainer (fire door holder) comes in.

The Dorgard is designed to hold fire doors open and to automatically release on the fire alarm sounding. Dorgard is battery operated so there is no need for costly electrician bills to install the units. Safelincs offers the Dorgard with an unprecedented 5 year warranty, which is exclusive to our customers. No other distributor offers the 5 year warranty. We also ship the Dorgard free of charge and if you purchase more than 5 units, the price reduces to £94 + VAT.

Dorgard is suitable for offices, nursing homes, GP surgeries and any other site where fire doors must be held open legally. For more information about our Dorgards with 5 years warranty visit Safelincs Dorgards

 

Quality Manager to Drive Supplier Performance

Safelincs’ quality can only be as good as the quality of its suppliers. That wisdom has long been understood at Safelincs. For years we have carried out regular supplier audits at our fire extinguisher manufacturing plant, the manufacturers of our emergency lighting ranges and at all our key fire safety product suppliers. These audits were up to now carried out by our MD, Product Manager and Warehousing Manager.

We have now formalised the responsibility for supplier audits, supplier quality and goods inwards control to a Quality Manager who will co-ordinate all the quality activities. Our focus on quality and continuous improvement will allow us to offer longer warranties, such as the ten year warranty for fire extinguishers, a five year warranty on the new Dorgard and lifelong warranty for a range of fire escape ladders.

Dorgard now with Exclusive 5 Year Warranty

Safelincs Ltd always want to give their customers the best value possible. This is achieved by sourcing high quality products and offering customers a service that exceeds our competitors.

The Dorgard is no exception to this. We are now offering the Dorgard with a FIVE year warranty, compared to industry standard of only one year.  This coupled with our free shipping on all Dorgard orders shows our commitment to offering a service above and beyond expectation.

For more information on Dorgards, please follow this link:

https://www.safelincs.co.uk/dorgard-and-other-fire-door-retainers/

Dorgard now with FREE shipping

Safelincs now offer FREE shipping on all Dorgard orders. This is another way of Safelincs giving their customers the best service possible.

If you order one or more Dorgards all items in your order will be shipped free of charge. Dorgard is the legal way to keeping your fire door open without wedges or fire extinguishers propped against the fire door to get air circulation or to make it easier to pass between rooms.

For more information on the Dorgard, please see the Dorgard fire door retainer page on our website