fire door retainers

Fire doors are designed to prevent smoke, heat and toxic gases from spreading around a building. They are usually self closing and can cause problems in premises such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals etc. where they interfere with free movement. For example, in residential care premises residents can be frail unable to open heavy fire doors. It is not uncommon to find fire doors held open by unauthorised devices such as wedges or even fire extinguishers.


There are many instances of people being injured or killed in premises where fire doors have been held open. Apart from the obvious consequences of causing injury and death, the perpetrators will probably be prosecuted, fined, imprisoned or both.


Unauthorised devices for holding fire doors open are illegal however there are approved hold open devices that can be controlled by a fire alarm system. Many different types of magnetic hold open devices are available, some are hardwired to the fire alarm system whilst others are wireless and can be relatively easily installed.

There are different types of wireless door retainers and free swing door closers. Free swing door closers do not activate until the fire alarm sounds allowing the door to swing freely at all other times.


Dorgard Door Retainer

Freedor Free Swing Door Closer

Agrippa Door Retainer

Agrippa Free Swing Door Closer




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