Improve Access in Workplaces with Dorgard

dorgardThe Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 ensures that all employees are safe in their place of work. However, thousands of businesses breach this legislation by wedging fire doors open.

Moving from one office to another with arms full of files or boxes can be cumbersome when you have to open a heavy fire door along the route. Wedging fire doors open is a breach of the legislation, it is dangerous and could lead to the employer being prosecuted, fined or even imprisoned. However, this illegal practice is common within offices and other places of work. Supermarket giant, Tesco, were prosecuted and fined £95,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,321 due to fire doors being wedged open and failure to keep escape routes clear*.

The solution is a device called Dorgard that once fitted to your fire door, will hold the door open legally, allowing free access to all areas of your place of work, without compromising fire safety. It is a battery powered unit that ‘listens’ for the fire alarm. On hearing it, the Dorgard releases the fire door and allows it to close automatically.

Dorgard-Door-Open“They [Dorgards] keep the doors open for us as we have patients walking through most of the day. For the elderly especially, Dorgard makes it easy so they don’t have to struggle through the doors. When we test the fire alarm they kick in straight away and automatically close so we know they’ll close if there is a fire. I would recommend Dorgard, I’m glad we have them.”
Surgery Manager

In the UK over 500,000 Dorgards have already been fitted and are helping to protect lives.

New Dorgard Fire Door Holder Sub-site

Designed for holding fire doors open legally, the Dorgard Fire Door Holder allows a fire door that is fitted with a closer to be held open, but also ensure that it closes in the event of the fire alarm sounding – as is required by law. The Dorgard is constantly listening out for the sound of the fire alarm and shall release its hold on the door when the fire alarms sounds. This allows the closer to function correctly and ensure the fire door provides compartmentation of the building. Holding doors open during the summer months is particularly important as offices can often get hot and stuffy.

Occasionally, customers ask for more details with regards to the installation of Dorgard. To aid with installations, setting and maintenance, we have now launched a new sub-portal dedicated to Dorgard Fire Door Holders, as well as creating a number of video tutorials to assist with the installation process.

We are always available to answer customer calls and questions by telephone, email or online chat.