Fire Door Hold Back Devices

Fixfire® offers approved mechanisms to hold back self-closing fire doors, wall mounting and combined door closer versions

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Door Holdback

If fire strikes, fire doors are critical to limiting its spread, and every fire door must either be kept shut using an effective closer or fitted with an approved holdback device.

Fixfire® provides a range of holdback devices suitable for every application.

Alternatives

Acoustically Actuated Door Retainer

Acoustically Actuated Door Retainers are self contained/battery operated and can be fitted directly to a fire door.

The main advantages are:

  1. Fast installation with no external wiring required
  2. Automatically releases when the fire alarm sounds

Against these advantages, the following limitations should be noted:

  1. Requires regular battery replacement.
  2. Has to be manually set in the required position.
  3. Requires an acoustic signal for operation. If fire alarm sounding device fails, door will not release.
  4. Does not remove hydraulic closer action.
  5. Does not release in the event of mains failure.

Magnetic Door Retainer

The standard Magnetic Door Retainer unit is the traditional approved method of holding open a fire door.

Units are wired on a dedicated circuit interfaced electrically with the fire alarm, and release automatically if the power to is removed ie on activation of the Fire Alarm System.

These units normally require a return wall for mounting although a floor mounting version and chain mechanism are available.

It will be apparent that the unit will only hold the door in the fully open position.

The main advantages are:

  1. Cost effective fully compliant solution.
  2. Releases automatically in the event of failure of the mains supply.

Against these advantages, the following limitations should be noted:

  1. Does not remove hydraulic closer action.
  2. Will only hold door back in fully open position.

Electro-magnetic Freeswing Closer

Electro-magnetic door closers are the ultimate solution for virtually all applications.

The closer combines a hydraulic door closer and a door retainer in one unit and is similar in appearance to a hydraulic closer.

In normal/stand-by mode the hydraulic closer element is disabled. On activation of the Fire Alarm system, the hydraulic element is enabled and the door closes automatically.

The outstanding advantages are:

One:

Two alternative set up modes available as standard;

FreeSwing mode

  • Removes the hydraulic door closer action so that in stand-by mode the door can be easily opened/closed and the angle of the door can be changed to any position.

Hold-Open Mode

Door is held open and only closes on activation of the Fire Alarm System.

  • As the unit is fitted directly to the door, there is no requirement for a return wall.
  • Releases automatically in the event of failure of the mains supply.
  • Incorporates local release switch to enable mechanism to be tested/manually released.
  • Does not require the installation of a separate door closer as with other alternatives.
  • Available in wide range of metallic and RAL colour finishes.

Surrounding information;

HM Government (Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guide for Residential Care Premises – ISBN-13:978 1 85112 818 1).

Page 126 states as follows:

“In all cases the automatic device should release the fire-resisting door allowing it to close effectively within its frame when any of the following conditions occur:

  • the detection of smoke by an automatic detector;
  • the actuation of the fire detection and alarm system by manual means e.g. operation of break glass call point;
  • any failure of the fire detection and alarm system;

or

  • any electrical power failure

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – The Building Regulations 2000 – Approved Document M

Page 34 states as follows:

Internal doors will satisfy Requirement M1 or M2 if:

  • Fire doors, particularly those in corridors, are held open with an electro-magnetic device, but self-close when activated by smoke detectors linked to the door individually, or to a main fire/smoke alarm system;
  • The power supply fails;
  • Activated by a hand-operated switch;
  • Fire doors, particularly to individual rooms, are fitted with swing-free devices that close when activated by smoke detectors or the building’s fire alarm system, or when the power supply fails.

KeyCall® is a revolutionary patent-pending Key Operated Fire Alarm Activation Device which has been developed specifically for ‘approved’ applications where standard fire alarm call points would be vulnerable to abuse. Developed by Fixfire® in response to growing demand from the Mental Health Care sector, KeyCall® is a revolutionary one-piece analogue addressable key operated manual call point.

Compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems.

KeyCall® accepts a Euro-Profile style cylinder
Typically suited/keyed-alike cylinders are fitted so that authorised persons can activate KeyCall® using their standard door key.

Key ‘Click-latch’ mechanism ensures key ‘latches’ in correct position to activate Fire Alarm System.

Anti-ligature low-profile flush-mounting design.

Neat minimalistic one piece construction incorporating Fire Alarm interface module.

Red fire indicator illuminates when KeyCall® is activated.

Compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Applications include:

  • Prisons
  • Mental Healthcare
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) School
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Electromagnetic Door Closer

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Electromagnetic Door Closer

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Door Retainer Unit

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Door Retainer Unit

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Magnetic Door Retainer

British Standard Design requirements...
  • Install AFD to voids greater than 800mm
  • Treat downward projections exceeding 10% of the void depth as wall
BS5839-Part 1:2013 states:

22.2d) If the system Category is such that automatic fire detection should be provided in any area that contains a horizontal void of 800 mm or more in height, automatic fire detection should also be provided in the void.

22.3j) Ceiling obstructions, such as structural beams, deeper than 10% of the overall ceiling height should be treated as walls [see Figure 10a)]. NOTE 10 Within horizontal voids, beams or obstructions that are deeper than 10% of the overall depth of the void regardless of whether the void is above the ceiling or below the floor, ought to be treated as walls that subdivide the void.

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Door Holdback

If fire strikes, fire doors are critical to limiting its spread, and every fire door must either be kept shut using an effective closer or fitted with an approved holdback device.

Fixfire® provides a range of holdback devices suitable for every application.

Alternatives

Acoustically Actuated Door Retainer

Acoustically Actuated Door Retainers are self contained/battery operated and can be fitted directly to a fire door.

The main advantages are:

  1. Fast installation with no external wiring required
  2. Automatically releases when the fire alarm sounds

Against these advantages, the following limitations should be noted:

  1. Requires regular battery replacement.
  2. Has to be manually set in the required position.
  3. Requires an acoustic signal for operation. If fire alarm sounding device fails, door will not release.
  4. Does not remove hydraulic closer action.
  5. Does not release in the event of mains failure.

Magnetic Door Retainer

The standard Magnetic Door Retainer unit is the traditional approved method of holding open a fire door.

Units are wired on a dedicated circuit interfaced electrically with the fire alarm, and release automatically if the power to is removed ie on activation of the Fire Alarm System.

These units normally require a return wall for mounting although a floor mounting version and chain mechanism are available.

It will be apparent that the unit will only hold the door in the fully open position.

The main advantages are:

  1. Cost effective fully compliant solution.
  2. Releases automatically in the event of failure of the mains supply.

Against these advantages, the following limitations should be noted:

  1. Does not remove hydraulic closer action.
  2. Will only hold door back in fully open position.

Electro-magnetic Freeswing Closer

Electro-magnetic door closers are the ultimate solution for virtually all applications.

The closer combines a hydraulic door closer and a door retainer in one unit and is similar in appearance to a hydraulic closer.

In normal/stand-by mode the hydraulic closer element is disabled. On activation of the Fire Alarm system, the hydraulic element is enabled and the door closes automatically.

The outstanding advantages are:

One:

Two alternative set up modes available as standard;

FreeSwing mode

  • Removes the hydraulic door closer action so that in stand-by mode the door can be easily opened/closed and the angle of the door can be changed to any position.

Hold-Open Mode

Door is held open and only closes on activation of the Fire Alarm System.

  • As the unit is fitted directly to the door, there is no requirement for a return wall.
  • Releases automatically in the event of failure of the mains supply.
  • Incorporates local release switch to enable mechanism to be tested/manually released.
  • Does not require the installation of a separate door closer as with other alternatives.
  • Available in wide range of metallic and RAL colour finishes.

Surrounding information;

HM Government (Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guide for Residential Care Premises – ISBN-13:978 1 85112 818 1).

Page 126 states as follows:

“In all cases the automatic device should release the fire-resisting door allowing it to close effectively within its frame when any of the following conditions occur:

  • the detection of smoke by an automatic detector;
  • the actuation of the fire detection and alarm system by manual means e.g. operation of break glass call point;
  • any failure of the fire detection and alarm system;

or

  • any electrical power failure

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – The Building Regulations 2000 – Approved Document M

Page 34 states as follows:

Internal doors will satisfy Requirement M1 or M2 if:

  • Fire doors, particularly those in corridors, are held open with an electro-magnetic device, but self-close when activated by smoke detectors linked to the door individually, or to a main fire/smoke alarm system;
  • The power supply fails;
  • Activated by a hand-operated switch;
  • Fire doors, particularly to individual rooms, are fitted with swing-free devices that close when activated by smoke detectors or the building’s fire alarm system, or when the power supply fails.
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Patient Call System Accessories
Standard Call Leads
Intercall

Compatible with all Intercall® systems manufactured since 2005. (Includes all Intercall® 700 systems. For earlier versions and other systems which use a mono-jack connector see ‘Other Systems’.

NALL100 (2m)
NALL101 (4m)
NALL102 (6m)

Styled 2m ,4m and 6m pear push wander lead with reassurance light.

NALL200

Styled 2m call and bed light control handset. For Intercall® systems with overbed light switching facility

Other Systems

CareAlert offers an extensive range of call leads and accessories to suit the majority of Call Systems.

Other Systems

Please call Customer Support with your specific requirements and we will be glad to help.

Quantec & Nursecall 800

Compatible with all Quantec and Nursecall 800 systems.

NALC100 (1.8m)
NALC101 (4.2m)

1.8m or 4.2 tail call lead.

Disc-Alert

Disc-Alert is used by patients with sufficient motor skills to either press or lean on the pad to activate a call. It has a large circular shape and soft vinyl pad design with gripping feet to help keep it in position.

Bulb-Alert

Bulb-Alert is used by patients with sufficient motor skills to either press or lean on the bulb to activate a call. It has an oval shaped, soft final bulb design that prevents it from rolling off the patient’s bed.

NAAD200

Bulb-Alert with 6ft lead, compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD100

Disc-Alert with 6ft lead or head-Alert with 8ft length compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD300

Head-Alert with 8ft length lead compatible with Intercall® Systems.

Head-Alert

Head-Alert is used by patients with sufficient motor skills to either press or lean on the pad with their head to activate a call. Head-Alert features a large soft elliptical
air activated touch surface.

Breath-Alert

Breath-Alert provides patients with no motor skills a means to communicate by simply breathing into a sensitive pressure-operated switch. With a clamp providing easy attachment to a fixed support such as a bed or wheelchair, Breathcall incorporates a vinyl-covered flexible gooseneck which may be positioned to suit patient requirements. Two models are available, standard which has 3ft gooseneck and universal screw clamp for secure mounting and lightweight which has a 2ft gooseneck and ‘bulldog-clip’ type spring clamp. Both models come with a pack of disposable filters which should be changed regularly. Spare filters are available in packs of 12.

NAAD400

Standard Breath-Alert Unit complete with 9ft call lead, compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD401

Lightweight Breath-Alert Unit complete with 9ft call lead, compatible with Intercall® Systems.

NAAD402

Breath-Alert Accessory Pack complete with 12 filter assemblies with soft straws and porous plastic filters.

Special Call Leads
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