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25th September 2017

A ground-breaking smartphone app reminds facilities managers to unlock fire doors for public access and lock them again for out-of-hours security

Fire Door Safety Week - September 25th to October 1st 2017 - raises awareness of the critical role of fire doors, drawing attention to issues such as poor installation, maintenance and management. It encourages building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors. Retailers, entertainment venues and other site owners risk fines of up to £2,000 per incident if they fail to ensure fire doors are unlocked and unblocked during times of occupancy.

The smartphone app, Lodgic, is available to facility, health and safety and other managers for central control, to check that fire doors are attended and unlocked at times when the building is accessed by the public. It uses a barcode scanning system and connection to a 24-7 monitoring centre, from just £12 per month subscription.

The Lodgic app can be downloaded by staff on site and features a tour program with a pre-set activity log; a message and alarm prompts the user to go to and secure or unlock each fire door on site at a pre-set time; this can be varied with weekly opening hours.

The staff member visits each door and uses the smartphone and the Lodgic app to scan a printed QR barcode, using the camera function, which is attached to a plaque near the exit point and identifies each door.

At the Lodgic control centre, the software system remotely monitors the activity that is logged on each app. There is an automatic alert if each scheduled activity is not completed at a pre-set time - warning prompts are sent to the user on site, then the Lodgic manager is alerted and will phone the user immediately on site. If there is no response, there is a pre-agreed escalation path for an incident, such as contacting senior managers.

The scanning of each barcode is time stamped, with the physical location recorded from the smartphone’s GPS system – so that there is a record for the company and the fire inspection authority that activity was completed on time for each door.

“Many sites fail to manage multiple fire doors consistently across several sites - locking times vary and you’re reliant on a staff member to remember. The app gives the site manager - and senior management - the reassurance that fire doors are under control at all times,” says Ben Shirley, of Lodge Service, who operate the Lodgic app and control centre service.

 

Contact: Lodge Service - www.lodgeservice.com - contactus@lodgeservice.com

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