Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
August 12, 2015

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Watch Fireco Demo their Solution to Wedged-Open Fire Doors @ FIREX 2015

Fireco’s marketing executive Sam Iden also shows FIREX TV how the Deafgard pillow alarm and says the industry should offer responsible persons simple, effective solutions.

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August 13, 2015 2:20 pm

The deaf alerter is a good product, but it is never mentioned that most deaf people CAN hear fire alarms because of  the frequency used in sounders. Many now also incorporate visual alarm devices (VAD) as back up or where there is a primary need for visual warning.
The door guard demo equally did not mention that such products should NOT be fitted to fire doors in a number of key locations, as areas without any smoke detection would allow the smoke to spread BEFORE any alarm is sounded. See BS 7273-4, which has just been updated.

August 13, 2015 5:04 pm

The definition of deaf is not being able to hear below 85 dBA, the decible level of a fire alarm at the bed head is 75 dBA. I’d be suprised if “most deaf people can hear fire alarms” as they are fairly high frequency, peaking at between 1000 Hz and 2.7kHz. Low frequencies are the most successful for waking people unfortunately in the UK they aren’t installed.  BS7273-4 is all about the system, most fire alarm panels aren’t actually capable of providing a “critical” category of actuation. Dorgard is classified as part of a normal system. The standard is careful… Read more »