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Fire detection for art studios

Fire alarms and detection, including beam detectors, have been installed by Ozzas Security Systems at Art Hub Studios CIC, a non-profit, artist run community interest company.

The studios, based in south east London, support some 235 creatives. Offered are 24/7 access, free use of facilities and a community gallery. As members, clients and visitors use the studios, including those attending art courses, building maintenance has to include fire safety and security.

Ozzas Security was called to the site after a risk assessment on fire alarm and detection. With recommendations made for a new system, Comelit’s Atena Easy single loop system was fitted with point detection and beam detectors.

Art Hub Studios says: “We’ve been running art hub studios in East London for over 20 years, with an aim to raise the profile of such talented artists across our region. We welcome clients and visitors to view our members’ works alongside local artists, students and community groups.

“With so many people present at any one time, we need to ensure their safety and security, and we have regular checks and assessments planned. When issues were raised with our fire alarm and detection systems, we instantly contacted Ozzas as our local fire specialist, who fitted the Atena system quickly and efficiently and it is end-user friendly, which is a welcome bonus.”

Comelit says that its Atena Easy single loop product is compact, and fully addressable. It can accommodate up to 500 devices over two loops, making it suitable the makers say for small to medium applications.

Ozzas Security also installed eight beam detectors at the studios, with an integral laser and set of passive reflectors to allow for auto-alignment.

Rytis Ozolas of Ozzas added: “Any artist studio is a specialist consideration when it comes to fire safety, especially with the use of different materials and substances in every day works by the artists on site. The Art Hub Studios demonstrates good practice in having regular fire alarm system risk assessments and maintenance checks, calling on specialists to update equipment if issues raised. Comelit Atena Easy is simple and quick to install, with beam detectors aiding alignment for the large open areas.”

Mandy Bowden, Comelit Fire BDM, added: “What is demonstrated with fire safety at Art Hub Studios is the significance of regular fire safety checks and the ability with approved installers and Comelit Atena systems to react quickly when required. The beam detectors are definitely an added advantage, and as demonstrated by Art Hub Studios, are suitable in buildings where point detection is not suitable for use due to the height of the building. It all amounts to a seamless customer experience from risk identification to project completion.”



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