Comelit Group looks after fire detection regime at Kingfisher House

Comelit Group has worked with local fire safety and security specialist KJ Fire Safety to upgrade the fire detection systems at the newly-refurbished Kingfisher House care home in North Shields. Part of the Amicura Limited portfolio, Kingfisher House is a new dementia specialist care home presenting a traditional purpose-built design, a selection of open plan living areas and a stimulating lifestyle programme.

As part of the refurbishment programme, and to achieve the levels of protection stipulated in the latest fire regulations, KJ Fire Safety has installed Comelit’s addressable Atena touch screen control panel on a four-loop solution to control fire detection systems across the complete site.

Ruth Field, estates director at the Minster Care Group, explained: “Having an effective fire alarm system is absolutely vital at a residential home, and particularly so in a dementia care specialist home, where evacuation can be extremely complex and literally every second matters. As the responsible agent, we had to ensure we worked with the right partner to make certain all aspects of fire safety were accommodated. The recommendation from KJ Fire Safety of Comelit’s new Atena control panel was its user-friendly capability and touch screen panel. In training, staff have commented on its ease of use, providing peace of mind that we can act fast in an emergency situation.”

Comelit’s Atena is an addressable fire alarm panel with one-to-four loops offering a maximum coverage of 96 zones. Up to 250 devices can be connected to every loop. The information for the system status is visualised on a touch-sensitive graphic display and LED indication for zones and troubles.

Evacuation procedure

By using a two-staged alarm procedure in regards to evacuation and implementing an effective day/night mode function, Comelit’s addressable panel is able to manage potential nuisance alarms effectively, while safely evacuating residents and staff in the event of a genuine fire scenario.

Nigel Thomas, managing director KJ Fire Safety, stated: “Care homes have some pretty unique requirements when it comes to fire safety. By their very nature, they’re places where dependent and often very frail individuals live. Keeping those individuals safe and secure is paramount. As demonstrated at Kingfisher House, the starting point for keeping new residents safe was to carry out a full and thorough fire risk assessment in line with the latest legislation, in turn checking that all aspects of fire safety were fit for purpose.”

Mandy Bowden, business development manager at Comelit, concluded: “Kingfisher House is a showcase residential centre where fire and security arrangements must be balanced with the need to create a welcoming and caring environment. The solution we’ve put forward is simple to install, cost-effective and enhances fire safety on site without imposing on the care home’s facilities.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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