Kick The Wedge Wesley Kent Sales & Marketing Director Agenda Fireco Ltd Kick The Wedge Rosepark Nursing Home BS 7273-4 Freedor Dorgard System X Fireco Ltd Established in 1994. Inventors of Dorgard, Deafgard, System X, DMS & Freedor. Official Fire Advisors to major associations: - National Care Association - VisitEngland - National Care Forum - Registered Nursing Homes Association - Registered Care Homes Association - English Community Care Association Wedge Pledge The ‘Kick the Wedge’ survey was carried out by independent researchers during 2007 on behalf of Fireco Ltd. Over 100 accredited UK Fire Risk Assessors, and individual Fire Safety Officers from the UK’s Fire and Rescue Services answered fire safety specific questions relating to their observations during fire safety audits. This survey was designed to evaluate how effective the means of escape were in UK businesses. Rosepark Nursing Home The fire at Rosepark care home in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, broke out in a cupboard on 31 January 2004 and ripped through the building. Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) determination by Sheriff Principal Brian Lockhart lists a catalogue of precautions including: All bedroom doors to have had door closers and smoke seals fitted to them After years of research and test fires, it is proven how effective fire doors with self closers would have been. It is also noted that the residents wanted their doors open. Rosepark Nursing Home Only two bedroom doors closed Closed bedroom doors would have starved the fire Some room doors had self closers but some had been removed or disconnected, or were intact but the doors had been wedged open. Recreating the fire For a closed bedroom on the fire corridor in the recreation, the asphyxiant gas concentrations increased only slowly; there was no discernable heat hazard and conditions would probably have remained survivable if any occupant was removed 30 to 50 minutes after the start of the fire. BS7273-4: Actuation of release mechanisms for doors BS7273-4 concerns the interface (critical signal path) between fire detection and fire alarm systems with forms of door hardware, including devices to hold open self-closing fire doors. The critical signal path is the connection between the CIE and the fire door retainer. If the connection is compromised, the fire door retainer must fail-to-safe. It is important to note that for acoustically actuated systems, fire alarm sounder circuits are not deemed to be part of the critical signal path. A combination of categories can be used throughout a building. There are three categories of actuation: Category A Fail-to-safe when 12 specified faults or disablements on the fire system occurs. Dorgard X when linked to System X Hardwired complies to this category. Category B Fail-to-safe only when critical path wiring faults occur or when there is power loss to the fire door retainer. Dorgard and Freedor comply with this category. Category C As category B, but interface via another system. Dorgard X, when linked to System X Acoustic, meet these requirements. Dorgard X Dorgard X enables fire doors to be kept open safely and legally. When the fire alarm sounds Dorgard X receives a signal from System X to release the fire doors, preventing the spread of fire and smoke. • Automatic night-time release facility • Complies with BS EN 1155 and accepted by the Fire and Rescue Service • Improves access throughout buildings in line with the Equality Act 2010 • Available in a variety of colours and finishes • CE marked Dorgard Dorgard enables you to legally and safely keep fire doors open, by allowing the door to close when the fire alarm sounds, preventing the spread of fire and smoke. Installed onto the bottom of the fire door in under 5 minutes, Dorgard is listening for a continuous fire alarm of 65dBA or higher. Dorgard • • • • • • • Wireless unit with fail-to-safe technology Improves access throughout buildings Complies with EN 1155 and accepted by the Fire and Rescue Services Available in a variety of colours and finishes Automatic night-time release facility Adjustable sensitivity CE marked • Freedor Freedor is a unique wireless solution that allows users to hold fire doors open at any angle and automatically closes the door when the fire alarm sounds. Features: Adjustable closing speed Wireless technology Allows a door to free-swing through whole range of movement Night-time release facility Fail-to-safe technology, with a minimum battery life of 12-18 months Designed to comply with BS EN 1154, BS EN 1155, BS 7273-4 category B Freedor 2011 Fire Excellence Awards Best passive protection product award British Engineering Excellence Awards Mechanical Product of the Year Young Design Engineer of the Year Deafgard Deafgard is a battery operated, wireless unit with a pad attachment that simply goes under the pillow of the sleeping person. Deafgard is listening for a continuous fire alarm of 75dBA or higher - when the fire alarm sounds the pillow-pad vibrates, high intensity LED lights flash and an LCD screen displays ‘fire’. Deaf Message Service (DMS) Deaf Message Service (DMS) is a fire alarm service for deaf and hard of hearing people. It helps service providers and employers comply with the Equality Act 2010 and allows deaf and hard of hearing people freedom to move around buildings without worry of missing an emergency situation.