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THE ADT SYSTEM: Your question is a good one.

First, I must say that I am not up to date on the ADT system regarding fire but I know that relative homes it is the burglar system that is the primary protection. I will state what I believe to be the case and I will write ADT for further information. The following is not presented as fact but what I currently believe to be the case. It is my belief that ADT will install only one smoke detector and then charge for every additional detector installed. Because of early lies by the smoke detector manufacturers (that have never been corrected) most people believe one or two smoke detectors are adequate protection, so I suspect nearly all ADT installations are inadequate relative fire. When the fire is remote from the detector even a flaming fire will have a significant delay in the warning. Few realize that when smoke detectors are tested at UL the smoke is allowed to rise as high as 37 percent with the device passing. Many believe (based on testing) that a smoke density rises above 4 percent it is potentially dangerous to life. The manufactures of the ionization device claimed that the device would respond to a fire before smoke or flames appear. But Donald Steele, an early expert on smoke detectors (see attached report) said that may be true but only if the device is 6 inches from the fire. The UL test for the flaming fires has the detector 17 feet from the device with no curves or obstructions between the device and the flaming fire. Yet the smoke may go as high as 37 percent. Does that give you a hint as to why so many die during the daytime 50 percent of the deaths (when it is the flaming fire that kills because the smoldering fire gives a warning 15 minutes up to an hour before becoming deadly). Recently an ADT sale man tried to sell me a security system and he had no idea whether it was an ionization or a photoelectric device that would be installed. I suspect ionization but I am not sure. RMP