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1. 2013.Scribd. 2013 .flawed Smoke Alarm Standards.SmokeAlarmWarning.SPECIAL REPORTS Can Smoke Alarm Standards be Trusted? This series of documents will be completed by 15 June.pdf | Updated: 23 May. Can Australian & US Smoke Alarm Standards be Trusted? This report.com/doc/139524431 2. the world’s largest ionization smoke alarm manufacturer continues to fail to disclose the level of visible smoke their ionization smoke alarms activate under Australian Government (CSIRO) Standards testing. www.Scribd.The Combo Con Discover why the International Association of Fire Fighters only recommend photoelectric smoke alarms and why they and an increasing number of authorities do not recommend combination ionization/photoelectric alarms.org/utc 3. www. These reports explain the decades of misinformation that has lead to tens of thousands of needless deaths and why photoelectric smoke alarms (not combination ion/photo alarms) are recommended by a growing number of authorities globally.Scribd. United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) Failures to Disclose Despite repeated requests.com/doc/139516400 6 .com/doc/140862221 2 of 4 .Scribd. Flawed Smoke Alarm Standards Explained This document explains flawed Australian & US Smoke Alarm Standards: (under construction) www. Should they be issuing 'Certificates of Conformity' which effectively certify ionization  alarms as safe when they are fully aware of the life-threatening problems with these devices? www.Scribd. Why Australian & US Smoke Alarm Standards Can Not be Trusted .com/doc/140862221 5. published in the Winter (May) 2013 edition of Australia’s Volunteer Fire Fighter Association’s magazine. Should the CSIRO Certify Ionization Smoke Alarms? The CSIRO is an Australian Government agency.com/collections/4257876/Can-Smoke-Alarm-Standards-be-Trusted FlawedSmokeAlarmStandardsExplainedMay13.A Technical Perspective (under construction) 4.Check for Updates: www.com/doc/35526418 SPECIAL REPORTS www.Scribd. exposes flawed ionization Smoke Alarms Standards. ‘Flawed Smoke Alarm Standards Explained’ is one of a series of Special Reports exposing the root cause of the problem with the ionization type of smoke alarms in hundreds of millions of homes around the world . www.

pdf | Updated: 21 May.A CSIRO scientist is a member of the FP-002 committee of Standards Australia. Current Standard CSIRO Scientist Exposes Damning Test Data In February 2006.e ‘% light obscuration per metre’. in accordance with the Australian Standard is conducted by the the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). They discovered that whilst ionization smoke alarms do not have to pass the test for visible smoke.Photoelectric alarms must pass the test for smoke i. They asked the CSIRO if they were able to pass the test for visible smoke. regardless of technology. Draft Smoke Alarm Standard Extract . Table 3. i. and how it has been blocked from adoption into legislation by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Background: - .Standard Australia’s Formal Acknowledgement of Australia’s Flawed Smoke Alarm Standard Explained Purpose: When discussing the problem with ionization smoke alarms. .over twice the maximum safe limit set by the Standard for photoelectric smoke alarms.1 Corrected (Draft) Standard requires ionizations to Pass Test for Smoke The draft standard has eliminated the test for sub-micron particles. they have to pass a ‘MIC X’ test.Scribd.com/doc/140862221 3 of 4 .1 Ionizations do not have to Pass Test for Visible SMOKE The existing (flawed) Standard requires: .” That is a correct statement when applied to US testing Standards .1 T F A R D Current Standard All alarms Must Respond Reliably to SMOKE The current Standard requires that all smoke alarms must respond reliably to the presence of smoke. Draft Standard August 2008 . a test for sub-micron particles.Ionization alarms to pass test for sub-micron particles. This document explains the flaw. . Existing Smoke Alarm Standard Extract .Photoelectric alarms must pass test for smoke i.Clause 2.Clause 3.2.Clause 3. “But all smoke alarms. ‘MIC X value’.Check for Updates: www.e the % obscuration per metre test. the FP-002 Committee of Standards Australia enquired about CSIRO test data. M IC X (sub -mi c ron par ticle) test elim inated NOTE: Due to lack of space this page was was not included in the May. Existing Smoke Alarm Standard Extract .The Standards Australia Committee of technical experts responsible for Australia’s Smoke Alarm Standard is known as ‘FP-002’ Smoke alarm testing. how Standards Australia have formally amended the flawed Standard. they were subjected to it.2. FlawedSmokeAlarmStandardsExplainedMay13.Ionization alarms do not have to pass the test for smoke. 2013 VFFA magazine. .but not the Australian Standard. The CSIRO is an Australian Government organization. Few people are aware Standards Australia has formally acknowledged Australia’s smoke alarm Standard is flawed. must pass identical testing Standards. manufacturers state. Table 3. 2013 . The CSIRO’s scientist (an FP-002 Committee member) revealed that ionization alarms do not activate under CSIRO testing for visible smoke (% light Obs/m) until over 50% smoke .e.

Check for Updates: www. Report (Feb.explain ramifications of ABCB blocking critical amendment to AS3786 . The C. A C riminal A ct of N egligence? Extracts from C.A. his explanation of light obscuration per meter. 2013 . They said CSIRO’s function was merely to conduct the tests in accordance with the Standard.org/can T F A R D Notes: .N.e.Why has the bureaucrats at the Australian Building Codes Board blocked Australia’s correction to the Standard? Why is the CSIRO still issuing ‘Certificates of Conformity’ for ionization alarms when they are aware they are not fir for purpose? FlawedSmokeAlarmStandardsExplainedMay13. Australia and New Zealand in Feb 2007 explaining life-safety and legal implications for failing to warn the public about known limitations with ionization smoke alarms. .com/doc/140862221 4 of 4 . Canada.Scribd. not question it.link to video where David Isaac explains smoke alarm tests i.N. by registered/ certified mail to 88 fire authorities in the USA. 2007) sent. .pdf | Updated: 21 May. Report www.theWFSF.Include CSIRO email where Manager of ActivFire testing said ions don’t fail the test for smoke because they do not have to pass it.More Information Recommending Selling or Installing Ionization Smoke Alarms.A.

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