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The Agrippa fire door holder and closer, pictured, are now available to buy online from Screwfix. Launched three years ago by fire safety product company Geofire, the wire-free devices release the fire door automatically to protect the building and its inhabitants in the event of a fire.
These Agrippa products use patented ‘listen and learn’ technology to record the sound of the building’s fire alarm. This means, the makers say, that the fire door will only close upon hearing the sound of the fire alarm. According to the product developers this reduces false activations from loud noises such as vacuum cleaners.
The products can be bought at www.screwfix.com and can be fitted by anyone who is competent in DIY, as no electrical knowledge is required, according to the firms. The wire-free design also means there is no need to disrupt the building’s infrastructure during installation. Full installation guides and step-by-step videos are available online. Screwfix offers tradespeople 27,000 products over the phone, online, via their mobile or from their local store.
Andy Collinson, CEO of Geofire, said: “We are delighted to have our Agrippa products in the Screwfix directory. We initially designed the Agrippa range to overcome the issues associated with wire-free devices, such as damage to furnishings or continuous false activations. It is very important that people aren’t using a wooden wedge to hold open their fire doors, as the door will not do its job and prevent the spread or smoke and flames.
“We truly believe in our products and are continuously investing in improving the technology we use to make our devices the best they can be. I am very proud that we can say that we manufacture all of our products from our factory in County Durham.”
The door holder is described as a safe and legal solution that can be installed behind the door to hold the door open, particularly useful it’s claimed in busy corridors to create free movement around the building. A chain keeper or floor mounted bracket can also be bought from Screwfix for non-standard installations. As a swing-free device installed at the top of the door it allows the fire door to be held open in any position. Both products come with two C-cell batteries and in a range of finishes.