Geofire’s Salamander range of radio controlled fire door safety products suits large buildings such as theatres and stadiums, where acoustic units would not be suitable due to background noise, heritage buildings and buildings with asbestos where it is vital not to disturb the fabric of the building, whilst ensuring the safety of occupants in the event of a fire.
The Salamander range has all the benefits of hard-wired electromagnetic door retainers and closers, but as the devices are wire-free, they are quick and easy to install, saving time, installation costs and disruption to a building’s fabric or its occupants. The Salamander free-swing door closer and door holder are suitable for Category A installations, the safest installation defined by BS7273-4; the products suit all areas of a building including main fire escape routes. They are also approved to EN1155 and CE marked.
Salamander devices are battery operated and connect wirelessly to a mains-powered controller unit, which is easily wired into existing fire alarm systems, ensuring that fire doors will safely close in the event of a fault or fire. One controller unit can manage up to 99 fire door closers or fire door holders.
Keeping fire doors in the open position has many benefits; ensuring ease of access in line with the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010, helping to prevent wear and tear of expensive fire doors and improving building ventilation.
Legally holding open fire doors opens up access throughout a building in line with the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010, helps prevent wear and tear of expensive fire doors and improves a building’s ventilation. Unlike acoustically-triggered devices, which are not suitable for areas with high background noise, Geofire’s Salamander products are only activated by the fire alarm.
Salamander protects Emmaus Trust’s care home residents
A Salamander radio controlled fire door safety system that connects wirelessly to a controller wired into the existing fire alarm system has been successfully installed at the Emmaus Trust Care Home in Cumbria to legally hold open fire doors, closing them in the event of a fire emergency to protect residents and staff.
The system, comprising of 25 Salamander battery operated fire door closers, three booster units and one controller was installed at the care home by approved Geofire installer Castle Alarms. Closers fitted to Resident’s bedroom doors, and set to the ‘free-swing’ mode, allow each resident to have their bedroom door open in whichever position they desire, whilst making door operation light and easy. In the event of a fire alarm, the doors close on receipt of a radio signal from a number of hardwired control panels strategically positioned around the building.
Cumbria Emmaus Trust Chairman George Wells says that ‘The replacement of the batteries is straight-forward and their long-term cost significantly lower than a hard wired system and the additional disruption to the building fabric. Overall, Cumbria Emmaus Trust is satisfied with the system and the way the installation was completed by Castle Alarms.’
Each Salamander battery operated device connects wirelessly to a mains-powered controller unit, which is easily connected to the existing fire alarm system, complying with Category A of BS7273-4 to ensure that fire doors will safely close in the event of a fault or fire. One controller unit can manage up to 99 fire door closers or fire door holders. Geofire’s Salamander range of radio controlled fire door safety products are all battery-powered and wire-free, thus saving time, installation costs and disruption to a building’s fabric or occupants.