Are Your Smoke Alarms Safe?

There Are Two Residential Smoke Alarm Technologies


Not Fit For Purpose


Highly Effective

In Most Homes

Contain Radioactive Material

Excessive False Alarms

In Most Commercial Buildings

No Radioactive Material

Few False Alarms

Bev Butler vs Commonwealth Scientific Industrial & Research Organization (CSIRO)

Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  9 July 2018

October 2015
Bev Butler, WFSF Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer, requests the release of scientific test data held by the Australian Government's CSIRO for ionization smoke alarms.

July 2018
After almost three years of the CSIRO failing to release the data, a public hearing was held before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. . .

Interviews by Annie Guest

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"In under 30 minutes Annie Guest's interviews expose 'The Alarming Truth'
  about how the deadly ionization type of smoke alarms in most homes has been
  hidden from the public, the media and our fire fighters for over forty years."

  Adrian Butler & Karl Westwell, Co-Founders, World Fire Safety Foundation | QLD Australia | 8 August 2018

7 August 2018

US Move to Beef up Smoke Alarm Laws
Set to Spark More Debate in Australia

Press 'Play' button above   |    ABC Website    |    Download MP3  (6.3 Megs)

Fiancée Erin, Aluna & Matt Golinski
'Running From Empty'
Australian Story, ABC  |  7 August 2018

2:13  "A 2004 US government report found they (ionization alarms) took on
          average 30-33 minutes longer than photoelectric alarms to respond to
          smoldering fires, but this finding was not initially, explicitly stated."
          Annie Guest | Reporter/Producer, ABC RN Breakfast | QLD, Australia | 7 August 2018

6:14  "Annie referred there to chef Matt Golinski. His journey to recovery,
          following the house fire that killed his wife and children back in 2011,
          will be featured tonight on 'Australian Story'."
            Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National Breakfast Host | QLD, Australia | 7 August 2018

Australian Story - 'Running From Empty'
"We knew for sure that in Matt's case that he had working alarms in the house. But they simply didn't work."
Keith Golinski who is campaigning to make photoelectric smoke alarms mandatory in Australia | 'Running From Empty' | 7 August 2018

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27 July 2018

Concerns Australia's Smoke Alarm
Policies Could Lead to Unnecessary Deaths

Chief Jay Fleming

Press 'Play' button above   |    ABC Website    |    Download MP3  (6.1 Megs)

0:47  "...this problem has been killing people, then you realize every day you don't fix it, that it's still killing...”
         Deputy Chief Joseph (Jay) Fleming | UL Smoke Alarm Standard Committee Member | Boston Fire Department, MA, U.S.A. | 27 July 2018

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20 July 2018

Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)
Defends Efficiency of Ionization Smoke Alarms

Press 'Play' button above   |    ABC Website    |    Download MP3  (7.6 Megs)

1:05  "You must know about the fire when it’s in its early smoldering phase; and that’s what an ionization alarm will not do...”
          David Isaac | Standards Australia Committee Member | Testimony from AAT Hearing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia | 9 July 2018 (see below)

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11 July 2018

CSIRO Facing an Appeal for the Release
of its ionization Smoke Alarm Test Data

3:08 "The CSIRO's behaviour was obscene for endorsing unsafe devices."
Bev Butler, Freedom of Information Officer, World Fire Safety Foundation | Testimony, AAT Hearing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia | 9 July 2018

3:33  "The Tribunal's Senior Member, Theodore Tavoularis said no one doubted, quote, "The nobility and good work of the
          Foundation . . . but a moral cause or moral outrage isn't an exception to those subsections (of the FOI Act)."

        Annie Guest, Reporter/Producer, ABC Radio National | Testimony from AAT Hearing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia | 9 July 2018

Press 'Play' button above   |    ABC Website    |    Download MP3  (6.5 Megs)

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9 July 2018

Why this Common Safety Device Could be Banned from Homes

Safety experts calling for the ionization smoke alarms in most QLD homes to be banned.

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9 July 2018

The CSIRO has been Taken to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Pressure mounts on the CSIRO to release sensitive ionization smoke alarm test data.

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2 July 2018

Fire Safety Experts Call for Banning of Common Smoke Alarm

Ionization detectors are putting lives at risk . . . replace them immediately.

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A word from the
World Fire Safety Foundation

Adrian Butler

"Australia's Ralph Nader"

Former Full Time Fire Fighter

Chairman, Co-Founder

World Fire Safety Foundation

13 August 2018


Ionization Smoke Alarms - 'The Alarming Truth'
CSIRO Continues to Fail to Release Test Data


Greetings from Australia


Australian Government (CSIRO) scientific test data proves ionization smoke alarms are dangerously defective. Australia's smoke alarm standard is flawed and lives will be lost unless it is brought into line with the new U.S. standard (due 2020).


Hard to believe?  Hear the ABC radio interviews above or scroll down below for the 60 Minutes' exposé, 'The Alarming Truth.'

Scroll down and see where NSW former Fire Commissioner warned that the ionization type of smoke alarm in most U.S.,  Australian and New Zealand homes should be banned.


After you discover the truth, please help spread the word.


Thank you.




Adrian Butler & Karl Westwell


World Fire Safety Foundation

Karl Westwell

Director of Research


World Fire Safety Foundation

World Fire Safety Foundation

15 Kurara Court, Narangba, Queensland, Australia 4504

Founded March 2000  |  Self (privately) funded  |  Does not sell anything  |  Does not solicit or accept donations

Former Fire Commissioner* Wants
Ionization Smoke Alarms Banned

Channel 7 News  |  Feb 2016  |  NSW Edition  |   106 seconds

0:00  “The Fire Commissioner* says Australia’s most common
          (ionization) smoke alarm should be banned.”

*After 39 years of service, FRNSW Commissioner and AFAC President Greg Mullins retired in 2017.

Upgrade on Smoke Detectors

Channel 10 News  |  Dec 2015   |   107 seconds

0:33 “The research that Commissioner Mullins has spoken about
         quite definitively says that a photoelectric smoke alarm is better."

Adam Dalrymple, Director Fire Safety, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Melbourne, Australia | Smoke Alarm Senate Hearing | Dec 2015

0:54 “Photoelectric detectors sense smoldering fires on average
         30 minutes earlier than ionization detectors.”

Quote by David Isaac, Fire Protection Engineer, | Standard Australia FP002 Committee Member | Dec 2015


Testimony & Submissions

Second Hearing - Parliament House, Canberra, ACT  |  4 December 2015

Rebecca Le Tourneau - Producer, 60 Minutes Australia

"Industry Politics which are wasting time and risking more lives . . . Ensure the Australian
 Building Codes Board takes it head out of the sand and mandates interconnected
 photoelectric smoke alarms
across Australia before the next family fire takes its next family."

Rebecca Le Tourneau, 60 Minutes Producer of the ionization smoke alarm exposé, 'The Alarming Truth' (see film below)

Rebecca Le Tourneau

Producer, 60 Minutes

60 Minutes' Submission > > >

David Isaac - Fire & Safety Technologies Pty Ltd

"The essence of the problem is that no manufacturer wants..
  (or industry representative of a manufacturer wants) to admit,.
  there is any performance problem with ionization smoke alarms."

David Isaac, Fire & Safety Technologies Pty Ltd  |  Australia's leading
fire safety expert  |  Standards Australia Committee FP002  member

David Isaac's Testimony > > >

David Isaac, Standards Australia Committee

*After 39 years of service, Australasia's most senior fire official, FRNSW Commissioner and Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council President Greg Mullins, retired in
2017(Note: AFAC is the peak representative body for all Australian & New Zealand fire brigades)

"The main message is that only photoelectric smoke alarms should

  be allowed . . . My personal view is ionization alarms should

  be banned . . . and the standard itself (AS3786-1993) is flawed."

Greg Mullins - FRNSW Commissioner*   |  AFAC President

Commissioner Mullins, President AFAC

Commissioner Mullin's Testimony > > >

Experts Warn that Fire & Rescue
NSW Smoke Alarm Research
is "Flawed & Dangerous"

Mark Whybro

Asst. Commissioner

 Read the Report  |  Hear the Interview

"Independent fire expert David Isaac told Radio National
Breakfast it was not a proper smoldering fire test."

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May 2018

"Consumer New Zealand Calling

 for Ionisation Smoke Alarms to

 be Pulled from Shelves."

More > > >

"...Ionisation Alarms

    Should Not be Sold

    in New Zealand."

More > > >

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Are Your Smoke Alarms Safe?

Former Firefighter Calls for

Ban on Ionization Smoke Alarms

Adrian Butler
Chairman, World Fire Safety Foundation

Feb 2017

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Dr Larry Marshall CEO

WFSF Report:
'CSIRO ActivFire®
Certification is Costing Lives'

Queensland's Photoelectric-Only

Smoke Alarm Legislation

The Story
Behind the Legislation

M O R E > > >

Katarina Carroll

QFES Commissioner

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Albert Einstein

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not

  because of the people who are evil, but

 because of the people who do

 nothing about it."

"All that is required for evil

to triumph is for good

men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke