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Sep 25 2015

FF: Bodega Emergency Exit

One of the interesting things about moving to another country has been figuring out where to buy things.  Batteries and 6-gallon bottles of water are sold at la papeleria (the paper store).  We can buy dog food by the kilo from open bags at the daily market, or buy full bags from the vet.  Toiletries come in small packages/bottles, or maybe we’ve just been conditioned to think that buying a pack of almost 2000 Q-Tips at BJs or Costco is normal.  And we still haven’t found lemons.  You’d think they’d grow just fine here but our produce lady, Rubina, only has limes and some green things she says are oranges.

After a few weeks we found the Mexican version of Walmart – Bodega Aurrera, which stocks some of the things we have not been able to find downtown.  We still do almost all of our shopping in the small tiendas and larger mercados, but last weekend I saw this door at la bodega.  At first glance I saw the sign and thought it had a delayed egress lock, but I’m not familiar with the alarmed panic hardware installed.  Anybody know if this is a delayed egress lock?  If it is, and if it’s functioning, I wonder why they have the back-up security method…a piece of paper taped across the door and frame that will rip to indicate that someone left the building.  The duplicate fire alarm pull stations in English and Spanish are interesting.  Also the rodent traps…  :\

Bodega Exit


14 Responses to “FF: Bodega Emergency Exit”

  1. lach says:

    Definitely an Alarm Lock product (see below). Could definitely be delayed egress depending on the model but hard to tell as they pretty much all look the same with different electronic features. But that paper on the door is telling me that there probably isn’t any power going to that door and using that as their notification system that the door was opened.

  2. lach says:

    Plus the panic just looks to small for that door.

  3. Cda says:

    Looks like plain alarmed panic hardware

    The pull station nearest the door might actually release water to the hose station??

  4. Glenn Younger says:

    Living on the border I can tell you that the code requirements for all countries south of us are nowhere near what we are used to seeing. That said, this back door set up would be really pretty good for Mexico, compared to what I have seen. My guess it that the door alarm has been rendered inoperable (silenced).

    Rodent control trap? Standard issue. Welcome to living where you don’t get frost!

  5. liberty says:

    Last week on a trip to the Canadian Rockies I noticed an emergency exit in a national park that was barricaded closed because of bear activity in the area. I wish I took a picture.

  6. Glenn Younger says:

    As we get into the wetter time of year you will begin to see more rodents. Your point is a valid one, winter vs. a few scorpions and possible rodents. Enjoy!

  7. Joel Niemi says:

    Oranges are green on the tree. They have to be chilled or treated with ethylene gas to turn orange.

    and, “naranja” means “fragrant” in Sanskrit. Enjoy!

  8. Pete Schifferli says:

    Alarm Lock Sirenlock Model 700/710 alarmed panic device. No delayed egress feature available as far as I know. Model 700 selectable 2 minute or constant alarm. Model 710 2 minute auto reset.

  9. Eric Andrews says:

    The creative masonry caught my eye. I have seen plenty of unsupported masonry openings of that width, but always with a full course…never a 2″ soap course. Hopefully the roof structure bears on the side walls, not the front and back.

  10. Rich says:

    I agree with the Alarm lock part number and not delayed egress. It seems they have hardwired the power to the device to eliminate the battery. I don’t agree with the pull station to release water. That appears to be water flow sensor that will sound when someone flows water. It could also sense the pressure drop when the hose flows. It may just be a pressure alarm. Still very good for Mexico.

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