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Is it illegal to wedge open a fire door?

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 you wedge open a fire door and it is judged that this puts someone’s life at risk, you could suffer penalties, including a fine or even a prison sentence.

Why are fire doors necessary?

Fire doors are a vital part of a building’s fire strategy, and can only do their job if they are closed. They are specially designed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke through a building so people can evacuate safely and the building is protected from damage.

A wedge prevents a door from closing, which means fire can spread, putting all occupants in danger. Fire doors are clearly marked with a sign stating ‘Fire door, keep shut’. If you see a fire door that is held open, whether that’s with a door wedge, fire extinguisher, chair, pot plant or anything else, you need to make sure the obstruction is removed so the door stays closed.

Invalidating insurance

In the event of a fire, it is quite possible that an insurer would be unwilling to pay for damages when a door has been wedged or propped open. The majority of fire doors will hold a fire in a room for 30 minutes by which time the Fire & Rescue Service will be on site. Wedging open doors can, and has, caused a chimney effect, which causes fire to spread rapidly, destroying entire buildings.

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.

But it’s not as simple as saying don’t wedge that door. We want fire doors open, as they are a nuisance in everyday life. We know they can be heavy, cause obstruction and even injuries.

Why do people wedge open fire doors?

Despite the dangers and risk of legal penalties for wedging open fire doors, people still do it. Closed doors are a pain. They get in the way if you’re trying to carry a tray of drinks or your luggage. They hinder access if you’re using a wheelchair or walking stick or pushing a buggy. They can cause a room to be hot and stuffy by restricting the flow of air.

Fire doors are heavy and can be a struggle to get through. They can be difficult to open, particularly for frailer people, those with mobility issues, or young children at schools and nurseries.

However leaving fire doors wedged or propped open disregards the safety of others. It is also against the law. The only safe way for fire doors to be held open is with special devices that release them to close automatically when the fire alarm is activated.

When fire doors are wedged or propped open, businesses are at risk of fines, but more seriously, it puts people’s lives in danger. Don’t pay the price of the door wedge.

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Dorgard Pro

A safe and legal solution to wedged open doors

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What is Dorgard Pro?

Dorgard Pro is a fire door retainer which holds open fire doors legally, allowing them to automatically close when an alarm is activated.

Dorgard Pro has a separate transmitter which can be directly connected to any fire alarm panel. As this requires professional installation, Dorgard Pro is exclusively available to professional installers. We’ll recommend an installer in your area.

Dorgard Pro can be integrated with an intruder alarm or lockdown system. Click here for further details on intruder alarm systems or click here for lockdown information.

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Frequently asked questions

How does Dorgard Pro work?

Dorgard Pro holds your door open and releases the door when it receives a radio signal on its own dedicated network triggered by the fire alarm.

How is Dorgard Pro installed?

Dorgard Pro has a separate transmitter which can be directly connected to any fire alarm panel. As this requires professional installation, Dorgard Pro is exclusively available to professional installers. We’ll recommend an installer in your area.

Can Dorgard Pro be fitted to a critical door?

Yes, but a Fire Risk Assessment must be completed first. Please give us a call to discuss this further.

Is Dorgard Pro compliant to BS7273-4 guidelines?

Yes

What standards is Dorgard Pro tested to?

Dorgard Pro is tested to all applicable British and European standards such as EN 1155 and EN 1634.

My building is pretty large - will Dorgard Pro work?

Larger buildings require a Repeater. A radio survey determines how many Repeaters you need for radio coverage. Up to 500 Pro devices can go on one network.

What happens if my building loses power? Does Dorgard Pro have a fail-safe?

You can install the Transmitter to fire and fault outputs in your fire panel. The Pro Range has a battery back up, please give us a call to find out more.

Does Dorgard Pro come with a warranty?

Dorgard Pro has a 5-year warranty.

How do I purchase Dorgard Pro?

You can purchase Dorgard Pro by calling Fireco on 01273 320650.

How does Dorgard Pro work?

Dorgard Pro holds your door open and releases the door when it receives a radio signal on its own dedicated network triggered by the fire alarm.

How is Dorgard Pro installed?

Dorgard Pro has a separate transmitter which can be directly connected to any fire alarm panel. As this requires professional installation, Dorgard Pro is exclusively available to professional installers. We’ll recommend an installer in your area.

Can Dorgard Pro be fitted to a critical door?

Yes, but a Fire Risk Assessment must be completed first. Please give us a call to discuss this further.

Is Dorgard Pro compliant to BS7273-4 guidelines?

Yes

What standards is Dorgard Pro tested to?

Dorgard Pro is tested to all applicable British and European standards such as EN 1155 and EN 1634.

My building is pretty large - will Dorgard Pro work?

Larger buildings require a Repeater. A radio survey determines how many Repeaters you need for radio coverage. Up to 500 Pro devices can go on one network.

What happens if my building loses power? Does Dorgard Pro have a fail-safe?

You can install the Transmitter to fire and fault outputs in your fire panel. The Pro Range has a battery back up, please give us a call to find out more.

Does Dorgard Pro come with a warranty?

Dorgard Pro has a 5-year warranty.

How do I purchase Dorgard Pro?

You can purchase Dorgard Pro by calling Fireco on 01273 320650.

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