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.
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.”