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Is Managing Fire Safety In Your Care Home A Balancing Act?

Do you feel that managing fire safety in your care setting is a bit of a balancing act? How do you adhere to the guidance of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, whilst also promoting and enabling independence of frail and disabled residents?

Fire doors are heavy, with a strong closing action, which makes it very difficult for elderly residents to open them. This often results in residents staying in one place for long periods of time, which can lead to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. Clinicians have proven that these emotions can have a negative impact on the general wellbeing of the elderly and their ability to recover from illness. Finding a safe way of holding your heavy fire doors open gives residents the freedom to move around from room to room, boosting their self-esteem and independence, which in turn has a positive impact on their general health. Dorgard has developed three types of fire door holders for care settings that will solve this age old issue, Dorgard, Dorgard SmartSound and Dorgard Pro.

Your type of setting will determine which of the Dorgard fire door retainers is right for you. If you are a small to medium setting with normal or low noise levels, then the original Dorgard will suit your needs. For settings where the noise level is louder you may benefit from the improved sound recognition of the Dorgard SmartSound and for large sites the Dorgard Pro is ideal. Dorgard Pro gives you the possibility of managing up to 500 fire doors in one system and has the option of wiring into your fire alarm panel, it also provides a ‘one glance’ check that the entire system is functioning correctly.

For more information call 0800 978 6287 visit www.safelincs.co.uk


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