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Kathy Manson Fireco

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Discussing the hot topics in fire safety

Why choose SmartSound?

Dorgard SmartSound™ is the latest addition to the Fireco product range. Keep your fire doors open legally, safe in the knowledge that they will automatically close if a fire alarm sounds. Perfect for noisy environments — New SmartSound technology means Dorgard...

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The importance of effective lockdown

Lockdown is a security measure used in buildings to keep people safe from an immediate threat. In partial lockdown, doors leading to the outside are locked and no one can get in or out. A full lockdown requires people to stay put and not move out the room. All doors...

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Kick the wedge

The common door wedge is our enemy here at Fireco. When fire doors are wedged open, they aren’t able to to do their job properly, and this puts people’s lives at risk. Fire doors are provided, at considerable expense, to protect the safety of building occupants. In...

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Fresh air helps you think

Summer is finally here, and the sun is shining (sometimes). As the weather improves, people in workplaces often suffer with uncomfortable working conditions — either stuffy and hot or freezing cold from temperamental air conditioning. It can be difficult to know what...

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Is it illegal to wedge open a fire door?

It is dangerous to wedge or prop open a fire door as the safety of occupants cannot be guaranteed if there is a fire. Fire doors need to be closed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. Legally, if a building’s responsible person is judged to be putting someone’s...

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Another great FIREX!

FIREX 2017 was another great success for us. We enjoyed chatting to everyone, from regular customers to people who’d never heard of fire door retainers. All of our visitors gave us plenty of great feedback on our products, with Dorgard Pro proving particularly popular...

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How to prevent the spread of fire

Fire safety is an issue on everyone’s minds. Questions are being asked about inadequate safety measures causing fire to spread rapidly through buildings with large numbers of occupants. It is important to address how this can be prevented so that tragedies are avoided...

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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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