Dorgard is a wire-free, fire door holder that permits you to keep fire doors in the open position at various angles and will automatically close the door on hearing the sound of the alarm, prohibiting the spread of fire.
We’ve all seen or done it before. A fire door wedged open on a hot sunny day. Or a fire door propped open so that people can easily pass. However, it is illegal and dangerous to do this. In fact, it is a direct contravention of fire safety regulations in the UK.
In the event of a fire, this hazardous practice will result in fire and smoke spreading quicker, risking people’s lives and causing more damage. To overcome this problem, Fireco invented Dorgard. A wireless solution which enables you to legally and safely keep fire doors open while allowing them to close when the fire alarm sounds preventing the spread of fire and smoke.
Dorgard enables freedom of access while protecting the building and its occupants against the dangers of fire. When Dorgard is holding a fire door open, the Dorgard listens continually for the sound of a fire alarm. Dorgard needs to hear a fire alarm that exceeds 65 decibels, verifying the alarm over a 14-second period. Dorgard will then release the fire door. It takes less than five minutes to install and is battery operated.
Dorgard complies with BS EN 1155 and is accepted by the fire authorities.
The manager of Pembroke Care Home, had Dorgards fitted to their doors. The Dorgards give them added security. They can legally leave their fire doors open. The residents can walk freely from room to room and in the event of any fire, we know that the doors will automatically close.
Dorgard is available in a variety of colors and is suitable for environments such as offices, care homes, and hotels that have an automatic fire detection system installed. Dorgard is an essential addition to your fire precautions. Being wireless, it’s quickly and easily installed and is ideal for retrofitting to existing fire doors. Dorgard, another brilliant invention from Fireco.
Dorgard is a safe, legal, and cost-effective solution for holding open fire doors in any position. With the fire door held in the open position using a Dorgard device, the Dorgard is continually monitoring the ambient sound levels for the sound of a fire alarm. For the Dorgard to activate, it needs to hear the sound of the fire alarm that exceeds 65 decibels, on confirming the alarm tone over a preset time period of 14 seconds. The Dorgard will activate and release the fire door.
Dorgard complies with BS EN 1155 and is accepted by the fire authorities. Dorgard is very easy to install and only takes a few minutes. It’s completely wireless and battery operated. Firstly, open the top compartment of Dorgard using a screwdriver and install the batteries. The two C-sized batteries supplied should last for at least one year. It is advisable that fire doors are closed at night; therefore, Dorgard has an automatic night-time release facility. To enable this, select the night-time dip switches on the back of the unit. Also, note the serial number in the maintenance record supplied in the fitting and operating guide.
With the door closed, position the fitting template provided against the door on the side that shuts against the frame. Mark the holes for fixing through the fitting template. Fix Dorgard to the fire door using the four screws supplied. The correct position is when with the plunger fully retracted, the door can swing free and with the Dorgard plunger, depressed contact with the floor or floor plate holds the door open. Twelve hours after install and every seven days after this point, Dorgard will self-test. Should Dorgard detect an internal fault, it will sound a warning tone and fail to safe, closing the door.
Following that, fix the floor plate in a location that’s in alignment with the Dorgard. Prior to drilling holes or securing screws confirm the location of services, such as water pipes, electrical points, and gas pipes.
The fire door should be opened to the preferred position, stand sideways the fire door and push down on the plunger to keep the fire door open. To activate the door, kick the black knob.
Test your fire alarm and ensure that Dorgard releases the door.
Finally, fix the fire door sticker.