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What’s the best way to keep fire doors open?

Wedged or propped open fire doors are a common problem. They can be heavy, restrict access through buildings, and prevent a free flow of air, which is why people want to keep fire doors open. However, fire doors have a very important purpose — preventing the spread of...

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A guide to hotel fire safety

The legal responsibility of maintaining hotel fire safety may seem daunting, but we’re here to make compliance easy. Here’s our Fireco guide to fire safety if you own or manage a hotel. The Fire Safety Order (FSO) is the current law in England and Wales. This states...

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Dorgard Pro: Homework Done

Twenty-four years ago, we at Fireco invented Dorgard, the very first hold-open fire door device to close automatically on the sound of the alarm. Our chairman, Neil Purssey, walked past a dancing plastic flower which made him wonder whether a fire door could react to...

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Post-Its are Ectoplasm

Don't get me wrong, they can be useful. There are those workshops where people slap them around on walls with words like 'OPTIMISM' and 'EMPOWERMENT' scrawled on them. I am sure that can help but it's a bit earnest for my taste. I prefer quiet reflection with a cup of...

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Tackling five common issues with fire door access

Closed fire doors save lives. They prevent fire spreading through a building, which gives people more time to evacuate. But closed fire doors also hugely hinder access throughout a building. What are five of the biggest concerns with closed fire doors? Heavy doors...

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Silent evacuation of a care home

Evacuating a care home has its own unique challenges. Elderly residents could be bedbound, suffering from dementia, hard of hearing, or unable to move without assistance. Added to this is the distress that a loud fire alarm can cause to vulnerable residents. Plans...

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The Next Cucumber

Notices are one of those things that give me nervous twitches. If you want a clue about what an organisation is like, read its notices. A notice is so often a sign of a glitch in the works. For the sake of my sanity, I have named these gltches cucumbers, as explained...

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The Chicken and the Wheelie Bin

I used to be quite calm about door wedges before I worked at Fireco. Even on fire doors. In hotels, solicitors’ offices, doctors’ surgeries, schools, universities, factories, communal areas in blocks of flats, village halls – in any place you can think of, the door...

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Do Gnats Get Verrucas?

When I was ten, I remember playing with a compressed air vice where my Dad worked designing and selling automation products. He was in his office, probably wondering which hydrocheck or solendoid operated valve to use and happily smoking. In the workshop next door I...

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What is the Cost of Wedged Open Fire Doors?

Wedging or propping open a fire door can prove devastating as it allows fire to spread unchecked, putting lives and buildings at risk. Despite this, 64% of premises visited by the Fire Service have fire doors wedged open. It’s easy to see why. Fire doors are heavy;...

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Cats and Cucumbers or Why We Don’t Buy

There are many videos on YouTube of cats; cute ones, stroppy ones, cats doing tricks and cats jumping out of boxes. One cat video that I found particularly fascinating was the cucumber trick. While the cat under test is chowing down on its dinner, our YouTuber puts a...

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Fire Door Pains

It’s indisputable, fire doors save lives in the event of a fire. They stop smoke and flames from spreading  so people can escape, protecting buildings and lives. Fortunately, fires don't happen every day so fire doors are used as normal doors most of the time. As they...

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Are There Holes in Your Fire Safety?

You have everything in place for your fire safety plans. Your fire doors are in good working order, flammable materials are out of reach, escape routes are clear, and you have a plan of action if a fire breaks out.   But what happens if there are holes in the walls...

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