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Vimpex opens door to successful infection control for prominent housing association

21 January 2021

VIMPEX HAS supplied Agrippa wireless acoustic fire door holders to hold open fire doors at the headquarters of one of England’s largest housing associations in order to provide an easy and effective method of infection control, while not impacting negatively on the fire safety regime.

A COVID-secure risk assessment identified the need to reduce the touching of fire door locks and door handles at the organisation’s administration offices by staff and visitors.

A spokesperson for the housing association said: “Reducing the spread of germs and bacteria has never been more critical. We identified self-closing fire doors that need constant handling to open them as having the potential to spread the virus. The Agrippa door holder provides an excellent, hygienic and legally compliant solution for internal fire doors, supporting infection control without compromising fire safety.”

Vimpex’s Agrippa wireless acoustic fire door holders offer the perfect wire-free solution to legally hold fire doors open, using digital wire-free technology to uniquely ‘listen and learn’ the sound of a specific fire alarm. This ensures the holder’s releasing trigger reacts only to the precise sound of the fire alarm rather than extraneous loud noises, such that false activations are virtually eliminated.

While preventing door handle contact, the Agrippa door holder also increases room and building ventilation, at the same time improving visibility and accessibility to ensure that social distancing is maintained.

The Agrippa fire door holder is the perfect solution to legally hold open fire doors in schools, care homes, hotels and office buildings, etc. It’s recognised by UK Fire and Rescue Services and the London Fire Brigade and suitable for installation to BS 7273-4 Standard Actuation (Category B).

The solution also conforms to EN 1155 and is CE-marked.