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“Smoke alarms of either the ionization or the photoelectric type consistently provide time foroccupants to escape from most residential ﬁres.”
This message has been delivered to the American publicby many institutions over the years, especially theNational Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST).
Unfortunately, the message is incorrect, misleading, and has been an active obstacle towards providingbetter life safety in American residences.
Smoke Detectors:Technologies areNOT of EqualValue nor Interchangeable
Extracted from ‘Fire Safety & Technology Bulletin’, Vol 3, No 12, pages 1-3, Dec, 2008The World Fire Safety Foundation thanks Dr Babrauskas for permission to reproduce this reportDr Vytenis (Vyto) Babrauskas (page 2, para 1)
byVytenis (Vyto) Babrauskas Ph.D.
Issaquah, WA, USA December, 2008