Hospital fully compliant with Dorgard Pro
“Dorgard Pro is quick to install, cost effective and does the exact same job as a hard-wired system in a much simpler way.”
HTM 05-02 is a guidance document for fire safety in the design of healthcare premises. It is commonly used in hospitals as their bible for fire safety. Codrut Miclea, maintenance engineer for the Montefiore Hospital in Hove, explains further:
“As a healthcare business we are guided by the Healthcare Technical Memorandums. Whether it is fire safety, decontamination, air, water — everything is regulated by the HTMs.”
Codrut said: “We had an issue with some of the fire doors in the hospital. Most of the time they were nothing but a nuisance for staff at the hospital. They would get in the way for people pushing a trolley or bed.
“People wanted the doors to the storerooms held open as they were inconvenient, particularly for people carrying a heavy load. So staff used to prop them open, which is against regulations.
“Another problem with the doors was the amount of damage they sustained by being pushed open so often, particularly when trolleys were involved. It’s not a simple job to repair a fire door. Safety is vital, especially in the environment we’re in. We have to ensure fire doors are maintained by a company that is certified to do that sort of job. It’s quite costly.”
Under HTM 05-02 recommendations, fire door retainers must be linked to the fire detection and alarm system and must be fail-safe, i.e. in the event of a fault or loss of power, the release mechanism should be triggered automatically.
“It was also not practical as we’re a busy working hospital. All the building work would have caused too much disruption — it was impossible to have cable pulled through walls. We needed a simpler solution.”
Codrut had Dorgard Pro installed on a number of doors in the hospital, including two store rooms. Dorgard Pro holds fire doors open safely and legally, automatically releasing them to close when the fire alarm is activated.
It reacts to a radio signal from a Fireco Transmitter which can be connected to any fire alarm system. The Dorgard Pro door units are wireless and quick and easy to install onto the fire doors. The system meets all the requirements of HTM 05-02.
“Dorgard Pro is the best solution for us. It is quick to install, cost effective and does the exact same job as a hard-wired system in a much simpler way.”