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Ohio State Fire Marshal - Saving Face Or Saving Lives

Ohio State Fire Marshal - Saving Face Or Saving Lives

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A World Fire Safety Foundation Open Letter expressing litigation concerns with the Ohio's State Fire Marshal's alleged misrepresentations about ionization smoke alarms.

A World Fire Safety Foundation Open Letter expressing litigation concerns with the Ohio's State Fire Marshal's alleged misrepresentations about ionization smoke alarms.

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The World Fire Safety FoundationFebruary, 2013
 
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The World Fire Safety Foundation is a self-funded Non-Profit Organization founded in March,2000.We do not sell anything. We do not solicit or accept donations.
 An Open Letter to:
Larry Flowers, State Fire Marshal, Ohio, USA
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EXPOSING FOUR DECADES OF MISLEADING THEPUBLIC
Ohio State Fire Marshal
Saving Face or Saving Lives?
Cover & ContentsWFSF Open Letter to Ohio State Fire MarshalOhio SFM Interview Transcript - ABC NC5IAFF Position and Court CasesIonization Smoke Alarms Are DEADLY: !
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15 February, 2013Attention:Larry Flower, State Fire Marshall, Ohio USA
(by certified & electronic mail)c.c. (by electronic mail):- Senator Bill Seitz, Ohio-Jenn Strathman, Consumer Investigative Reporter, ABC News Channel 5, Ohio-Bob Segall, Investigative Reporter, WTHR, Indiana-Jeff Rossen, Investigative Reporter, NBC, New York-Anthony Castelli Esq, Ionization Smoke Alarm Attorney, Cincinatti, Ohio-Jim Hacker Esq, Hacker Murphy, Ionization Smoke Alarm Attorney, Utica, N.Y.-Jim Fetterly Esq, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ceresi, Ionization Smoke Alarm Attorney, Minneapolis, Minnesota-Richard Taylor Esq, Taylor Martino, Ionization Smoke Alarm Attorney, Mobile, Alabama
Good Morning SFM FLowers
Ionization Smoke Alarms - Litigation Concerns
This letter is further to original copies of ‘Ionization Smoke Alarms Are DEADLY’ articlessent to your office several months ago (reprints are included in last 6 pages of thisdocument) and the exposé on ionization smoke alarms by Jenn Strathman, ABC NewsChannel 5’s investigative reporter that aired earlier this week..The World Fire Safety Foundation (WFSF) is concerned that the claims you make (seepage 3) could lead to needless deaths and open the office of the State Fire Marshal andyourself into potential litigious actions.In 2010 the WFSF worked with the Albany Fire Department who became the first city inCalifornia to mandate the use of photoelectric-only smoke alarms. The precedence set byChief McGinn lead to 4 other Californian Cities and five cities in the State of Ohio alsopassing legislation to mandate the use of smoke alarms containing photoelectrictechnology.. . . to be completed.
The World FireSafety Foundationis a self-fundedNon-ProfitOrganizationfounded in March,2000.We do not sellanything. We do notsolicit or acceptdonations.
 
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Jenn Strathman:
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Do you think with an ionization alarm people have enough tim e to escape?” 
Larry Flowers:
 
“In most scenarios yes. There are so many factors that take place.The contents of the room. Where they are in the room. Depending on how easy it is for them to get out. So there so many conditions of the residence. There are so many conditions of the sleeping area. There are so many conditions of a human that we believe in most cases that’s true. There are so many various factors that enter into. Every fire is different. The contents is different that it’s, we’re just are not comfortable in saying one is better than the other.
But we know for a fact that a working smoke detector gives folks the adequate amount of time to get out 
if it’s properly installed and it has the battery in it and they have two ways out.” 
Jenn Strathman:
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Which smoke detectors?” 
Larry Flowers:
“Our message is a working smoke detector. There’s a lot of different technologies out there. It’s gonna change in the future. We believe there’s some new technologies we believe it is coming that people are working on.So our message has been, because we have such a large number of fatalities in Ohio without working smoke detectors,our message continues to be have a working smoke detector.” 
Larry Flowers
State Fire Marshal, Ohio, USA
Interview Between: Jenn Strathman, Consumer Investigative Reporter, News Channel 5,Ohio, USALarry Flowers, State Fire Marshal, Ohio, USA
Results of smoke alarm test have some expertssounding an alarm, but not Ohio Fire Marshal
Jenn Strathman:
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As part of this campaign will you be educating people on the t wo different types.” 
Larry Flowers:
 
“Absolutely we will let people know that there are different technologies available and tomorrow there may be something that will come out that’s even newer and maybe even effective in a different way. But you know every fire is different, the contents of every room is different.
To say one or the other is better, we can’t say that,
and because of the numbers we are having in Ohio, because the fatalities that we are having in Ohio our message we have to maintain the message to have working smoke detectors and as important, two ways to get out.” 
Jenn Strathman
Consumer Investigative ReporterABC News Channel 5, Ohio, USA
Extract fromABC News Channel 5 Investigative Report,11 February, 2013
 
Ohio State Fire Marshal’s (False) Claims:
Claim 1:
“. . . a working smoke detector gives folks the adequate amount of time to get out.” 
Claim 2:
“To say one or the other is better, we can’t say that...” 
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