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Dorgard and Other Fire Door Holders

Wedging a fire door open is dangerous and against the law. The Dorgard, along with our other fire door retainers (also called fire door holders), offers a safe and legal alternative: holding your fire door open in normal day-to-day operation and releasing it to close should a fire occur. Please see our Technical fire door retainer overview for more guidance.

Geofire Agrippa Acoustic Fire Door Holder

  • A Legal fire door holding solution
  • Acoustically triggered by the specific sound of your fire alarm
  • Wire-free magnetic door holder device
  • Certified to BS EN 1155:1997
  • FREE extended 5 year warranty
  • FREE shipping
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Dorgard SmartSound Fire Door Retainers

  • Legal means of holding open fire doors
  • Complies with BS EN 1155 & BS EN 1634
  • Features SmartSound listening technology
  • FREE extended 5 year warranty
  • FREE shipping
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Geofire Agrippa Acoustic Free-Swing Door Closer - Power Size EN 4

  • Fixed power size EN 4
  • Door operates without resistance in normal use
  • Adjustable closing speed and latching action
  • Capable of learning the fire alarm sound
  • Wireless installation and programming
  • 12 month manufacturer's warranty
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Freedor SmartSound Wireless Hold Open Free-Swing Door Closer

  • Door operates without resistance in normal use
  • Fixed power size EN 3
  • Completely wireless door closer
  • Adjustable closing speed
  • Battery operated (3 years battery life)
  • 3 year warranty
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Fire Door Retainers

Fire Door Retainers

Fire door keep shut?

Fire doors are an important part of any building's fire safety strategy as they enable movement throughout a building while stopping the spread of fire to allow occupants enough time to evacuate safely. However, fire doors can only function if they are closed or close automatically if a fire occurs. This is the reason why it is dangerous and illegal to hold fire doors open with a wedge or extinguisher.

Can you keep fire doors open?

Fire door retainers (also called fire door holders) allow occupants to hold fire doors open in a legal and safe manner, removing the temptation to wedge the doors open. These devices hold the doors open in the day-to-day running of the building but will release the fire doors if there is a fire, allowing the fire door closers to do their job.

How do fire door retainers work?

Some fire door retainers are wired into the building's fire alarm system, others 'hear' the fire alarm by listening for the sound of the fire alarm with an acoustic sensor. The former type may be battery or mains powered while the latter are typically battery powered and are usually quicker and easier to install. The best known of the acoustic fire door retainers is the Dorgard.

Dorgard

Dorgard

What is Dorgard?

The Dorgard fire door retainer is a completely wire-free solution to hold open fire doors, requiring neither mains power nor a fire alarm connection to work. The battery-powered device listens for the building's fire alarm sounders. Dorgard is quick and easy to install, and requires very little maintenance. These fire door holders are fully certified to BS EN 1155, the standard which defines manufacturing and testing requirements for "Electrically Powered Hold Open Devices for Swing Doors" including fire doors.

How does Dorgard work?

When equipped with a Dorgard, fire doors can be held open at any angle by simply pressing the plunger down with your foot, and nudging the top of the plunger is all that’s required to release the door manually. In the event of a fire the Dorgard will release automatically when the fire alarm system activates by retracting the plunger which passes through the main body – the standard model listens for a sound level of over 65 dB while the Pro model is wired directly into the building’s alarm system.

Buy Dorgard from Safelincs

Safelincs offer an exclusive FREE 5 year extended warranty on both Dorgard models, excluding consumables such as batteries or feet, and any order containing a Dorgard qualifies for FREE shipping.

Traditional Retainers

Traditional Retainers

What is a fire door retainer?

A fire door retainer is a legal solution to holding open fire doors, improving ventilation and ease of movement around a building, which is particularly important for disabled access. It is common, but illegal, to hold open a fire door using a chair or an extinguisher; the door would not be able to stop the spread of flames and smoke, making it unsafe. Fire door retainers are automated devices which respond to the activation of a building’s fire alarm, releasing to close the door in the event of a fire.

How do fire door retainers work?

These door holders can be powered by batteries, from the mains, or from nearby power supply units (PSU) rated at 12V or 24V DC. It is generally recommended to install them at the top of the door to prevent warping caused by the door closer pulling against the electromagnet. Battery-powered versions typically use an acoustic sensor to listen for an alarm sounder while wired models will often be connected directly to the fire alarm panel.

Hold Open & Free Swing

Hold Open & Free Swing

Can a door closer hold open a fire door?

Instead of installing additional components to fire doors, there are door closers available which have retainer features built-in for convenience, such as Freedor They may have the ability to hold a door open at certain angles (Hold Open models) or to temporarily disengage their mechanical components so that fire doors feel as light as normal doors (Free Swing models). Both models require power to work, either wired into a power supply or fitted with batteries, and will "fail safe" during a power failure – meaning that electricity is used to disengage the closing force and by default they will try to keep the door closed when no power is supplied.

What is a ‘hold open’ or ‘free swing’ feature?

Hold Open is a relatively simple feature as it only requires the closer to hold the door in place once it has been opened to a certain angle. Free Swing also requires the door to be opened a certain amount before it activates, but from then on, the door can be used freely without occupants feeling any weight. These types of closer require either a wired connection to the fire panel or to be in proximity of a fire alarm sounder in order to engage their mechanical force and close the door in the event of a fire.

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