It’s a problem any business owner or premises manager is familiar with. When the sun shines in the UK, every instinct in our sun-starved staff cries out for doors to be flung open, to salvage every last ray of sunshine they can. Of course, the problem with this enthusiasm is your obligation to ensure fire doors can be closed at all times, which is where a Dorgard, DoorSense, and other fire door holders, can save time, frustration and lives.
The temptation to prop open a fire door is overwhelming, and the usual solution of magnetic door holders can prove both expensive and a maintenance headache. (How many holes in walls do you have from doors being yanked shut when kept open with these holders? Exactly…)
They eliminate the need for illegal doorstops (usually your fire extinguishers, in our experience), or for expensive and hard-wired magnetic holders – and endless wall repairs. However, others are available, including the DoorSense manufactured by Union.
How Do Fire Door Holders Work?
A wireless, battery-operated unit that holds the door open securely when required, they then release the door when a fire alarm sounds. To keep the door open, you just press down on the top knob with your foot, and a rubber foot grips the floor, holding the door open. The fire door holders will then only release the door if it detects a fire alarm sounding at over 65 decibels for more than 14 seconds, in which case it retracts the rubber foot, and the door swings shut. It’s that simple.
Easy To Fit, Easy to Maintain
Supplied with full fitting instructions, and using the template supplied, you can fit one in under 5 minutes. Two C-size batteries are included in the box, which will last for at least 12 months in normal use. Maintenance is easy; a year after fitting your door-holding device, just replace the batteries and the rubber foot ferrule (to make sure the foot still has grip), and you’re done! If you have a fire alarm maintenance contract with a service company, they should include checks and battery replacement for Dorgards in their annual service, much as they would for magnetic door retainers.
Door Holders on Non-Carpet Floors
Clearly, a Dorgard, DoorSense or other fire door holder are most effective where its rubber foot can get a good grip. You’ll find a footplate is always supplied which provides the foot with a secure and non-slip surface, if required. The foot plate features a bump stop of the door and a recess into which the rubber foot slots, and takes just 4 screws to attach to the floor. You should fit this Dorgard floor plate if:
- your floor surface is smooth, such as laminates, vinyl, planed wood or Amtico
- your door weighs more than 120kgs
- your door has a mains-powered closer
- any door creeps shut when held open by a Dorgard, perhaps due to unlevel floors
Smart, Stylish, Effective
Over the last ten years, manufacturers have finally realised that fire safety equipment doesn’t have to look ugly! The Dorgard comes in a variety of finishes to match your office or venue decor, including black, mahogany, red, white, plus brushed aluminium and brass, two finishes particularly popular for prestige venues and premises. If you’ve already got single colour unit, you can retrofit new aluminium or brass covers, which are unbranded and look extremely smart. Other makes also make their door holding units in other colours to suit the asthetics of your fire door and surround environment.