Fireco is celebrating selling its one millionth Dorgard, a product which holds doors open and then automatically closes when it hears a fire alarm. The door retainer was designed to replace door wedges, which keep doors open but fail to protect the premises or people inside in case of fire.
Now the invention has generated new interest as businesses look to find safe ways to keep doors open so that staff no longer need to touch doorknobs or handles, spreading germs in the process.
Fireco founder Neil Purssey originally dreamt up Dorgard 25 years ago after watching a ‘dancing daisy’ which would dance when there was a sound near it. This got him thinking – what other items would be useful if they were sound activated?
Since then Fireco has designed and released another eight products in its range, with more to come.
Chief Executive Officer Michelle Bussey said: “The last six months have been challenging for businesses across the country, so we feel extremely grateful that we have something so positive to celebrate. We are proud to say we have supplied our Millionth Dorgard unit. When COVID-19 hit our business we recognised the huge importance of Dorgard not only as a fire safety product but as a product that can assist with a premises germ control strategy.”