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Dorgard Fire Door Retainers

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£107.39 inc VAT

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£85.49 ex VAT

£98.39 inc VAT

£81.99 ex VAT

£107.39 inc VAT

£89.49 ex VAT

£102.59 inc VAT

£85.49 ex VAT

£98.39 inc VAT

£81.99 ex VAT

£107.39 inc VAT

£89.49 ex VAT

£102.59 inc VAT

£85.49 ex VAT

£98.39 inc VAT

£81.99 ex VAT

Product Overview

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The Dorgard is a safe and legal solution that allows you to hold your fire doors open safely, while automatically closing them in the event of a fire. This allows for better wheelchair access, ventilation and all-round convenience without jeopardising safety or breaking the law.

  • Free extended 5 year warranty from Safelincs
  • Free shipping
  • Dorgard now conforms to BS 7273-4:2007 Category B
  • Tested and certified to BS EN 1155:1997 & BS EN 1634
  • Suitable for 120 minute fire doors up to EN power size 7
  • Easy to follow self installation in under five minutes
  • Dorgard is entirely wireless and self contained
  • No need to hard wire into the building's fire alarm system - saves on installation time, costs and mess
  • Battery operated, supplied with 2 x C size alkaline batteries 
  • Works with your existing fire alarm system
  • Can hold the door open in any selected angle
  • Dorgard automatically releases the fire door upon hearing the fire alarm
  • Installed in schools, hospitals nursing homes and many other public buildings
  • Dorgard kit contents
  • Manufactured in the UK
  • Smart, unobtrusive design available in a choice of black, white and red
  • Easy foot-operated setting and release
  • Automatic night-time release feature
  • Improves access for wheelchair users in line with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)


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 operated 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 ensure that the Dorgard is able to pick 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
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

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 Dorgard Fire Door Retainers .

Product Code
Black FCDG01BK
Red FCDG01RD
White FCDG01WH
Weight
Black 0.94kg
Red 0.94kg
White 0.94kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) 205x195x45mm
Battery Type 2 x C size Alkaline
BS7273-4 Category Category C

Product Datasheets

The following datasheets are available for this product.

FAQs (18)
Q. Will the Dorgard release automatically at night?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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.
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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?
A.

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.

Q. Can schools and other public sector bodies set up an account?
A.

Yes, all public sector bodies are welcome to set up an account with us. On receipt of an official purchase order a 30 day account will automatically be set up for you. Purchase orders can be sent via e-mail: service@safelincs.co.uk. Once the purchase order has been received the goods will be dispatched to you and an invoice sent payable within 30 days.

Pricing & Availability

Model Stock 1+ units 10+ units 100+ units
Black
Product Code: FCDG01BK
Stock Level:
Available to order Expected dispatch: 9th Jun
1+ units:

£107.39 inc VAT

£89.49 ex VAT

10+ units:

£102.59 inc VAT

£85.49 ex VAT

100+ units:

£98.39 inc VAT

£81.99 ex VAT

Red
Product Code: FCDG01RD
Stock Level:
Available to order Expected dispatch: 8th Jun
1+ units:

£107.39 inc VAT

£89.49 ex VAT

10+ units:

£102.59 inc VAT

£85.49 ex VAT

100+ units:

£98.39 inc VAT

£81.99 ex VAT

White
Product Code: FCDG01WH
Stock Level:
Available to order Expected dispatch: 4th Jun
1+ units:

£107.39 inc VAT

£89.49 ex VAT

10+ units:

£102.59 inc VAT

£85.49 ex VAT

100+ units:

£98.39 inc VAT

£81.99 ex VAT

Customer Reviews

168 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: S N

Easy to install and works well.

Published on: 8th February 2020

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: N O

Good product and reliable

Published on: 23rd January 2019

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: J W

easy to fit and very good quality product

Published on: 26th June 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: P G

Excellent Product Very easy to install, great product. Will definitely use again. Great service from Safelincs.

Published on: 16th May 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: T H

Neat product. Easy to close . Thank you Hopefully will not need it in a real fire situation.

Published on: 8th May 2018

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: C W

fairly discrete safety product

Published on: 1st May 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: M W

Easy to install and use

Published on: 24th April 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: E M

Good quality item

Published on: 23rd April 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: A S

Easy to fit and tweak to suit fire alarm sound level.

Published on: 3rd April 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: C K

Excellent product and delivery service

Published on: 5th March 2018

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