Welcoming with open doors at Missionaries of Charity
“The sisters are happy because the fire officer is happy, so they can tick another task off the list!”
The Edinburgh Missionaries of Charity convent is a five-storey building in a picturesque Georgian crescent. Five days a week the sisters and their volunteers provide meals to the homeless.
The dining room is located in the basement, with access doors from the corridor and to the commercial kitchen and store room.
With so many people in the basement at mealtimes, it’s a very busy area. To avoid the room feeling hot and stuffy and to keep foot traffic flowing, the doors were held open on hooks.
Dorgard Pro holds fire doors open, releasing them to close when the fire alarm sounds. It features a separate Transmitter that is directly wired into the fire alarm panel.
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“Dorgard Pro was far and away the best option. I was new to the product but I easily installed it myself — it’s not rocket science! It really is a very good system.”
“Another plus with Dorgard Pro is that it is directly connected to the fire alarm panel and radio-activated. It only releases the doors in the event of a fire alarm. Other systems I’ve seen react to loud noises and close the doors when you don’t want them to which wouldn’t be suitable in the noisy environment of the dining room.”
Colin said: “Everything is working fine. We’ve tested them by setting off the fire alarm and Dorgard Pro released the doors automatically. The sisters are happy because the fire officer is happy, so they can tick another task off the list! Dorgard Pro does what it says on the tin. It’s very good.”