The New Dorgard SmartSound Fire Door Retainer

Dorgard SmartSound Fire Door RetainerSafelincs are pleased to announce the addition of the new Dorgard SmartSound from Fireco to our product range. Building on the success of the game-changing original Dorgard fire door retainer, the new Dorgard SmartSound offers all the benefits of the original, plus some new premium features.

The main upgrade included in the Dorgard SmartSound is the SmartSound system, which allows this version to differentiate between the sound of your fire alarm and other background noises. This makes the Dorgard SmartSound particularly suitable for premises with high levels of background noise, such as schools and nurseries.

However, this isn’t the only innovation to be found, the new generation also boasts a three year battery lifespan. This minimises maintenance of this important fire safety device, used to hold open fire doors legally. The plunger system has also been upgraded to include ‘anti-drag’ technology. This helps protect your floor from wear by automatically retracting the plunger if the door is pulled closed without your Dorgard having been released.

The original Dorgard is, of course, still available, however, if you are looking for a fire door retainer solution in a noisy environment, then the Dorgard SmartSound is the product for you.

Visit our pages if you’d like more details or to order your new Dorgard SmartSound, or alternatively contact one of our trained advisors on 0800 612 6537 or via support@safelincs.co.uk.

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Harry Dewick-Eisele

Managing Director

MD and founder of Safelincs. Harry has a wealth of in-depth knowledge of all aspects of fire safety and related legislation.

Smoke alarms suitable for children

Sleeping Child Researchers at Dundee University have worked hard to develop a smoke alarm with a low pitch alarm sound and a voice message that helps to wake up children if there is a fire at night. The most successful alarm version, the researchers found, was a combined low pitch sound followed by a female voice saying ‘Wake up, the house is on fire’. A laudable project and the fruit of it will hopefully help families in the future to improve the safety of their children.

While we are greeting this development as an important break-through, we analysed the issue at hand a bit further.

Having early notification of a fire is only one element to ensure you and your children have the best chance of surviving a house fire. Teaching your children, including very young ones, what to do on hearing the alarm will prevent them from panicking and from walking out of their bedroom into a potentially dangerous situation.

You may decide that the best route of action is for your child to stay in their bedrooms and to wait for you there or for them to make their way to your room ready to evacuate. No matter what your course of action, it is imperative that children have been given clear instructions and that the fire drill is practiced.

It is essential that both parents and children get notified of a fire immediately. The best way to achieve this is to have the smoke alarms interlinked throughout the house. So, if a smoke alarm is triggered in a child’s bedroom or anywhere else in the house, the alarm would not only be raised in the bedroom of the child but also in the parents’ bedroom. Interlinking gives the maximum warning time to the parents even if, for example, a fire starts in the downstairs kitchen. This is crucial when every second counts.

Interlinking can be achieved in a traditional way with wires spanning from alarm to alarm, however, easier options are now available with battery powered radio-interlinked smoke alarms being a simple-to-install solution.

Whilst we wait for this new smoke alarm to progress through the developmental stages we should make sure that our own current fire safety precautions and evacuation plans are reviewed and where possible improved upon.

For further advice about fire safety in the home you can visit our fire prevention page.