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

22 Jan 2018 ~ 14 August 2018

ABC Special  Investigation

Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW)
Smoke Alarm Research
"Flawed & Dangerous"

Safety advocates say lives being put at risk by
Fire & Rescue NSW flip-flop on smoke alarms

"Greg Mullins, FRNSW's
  previous Commissioner,

  was unequivocal in his



   Not only should consumers

  have photoelectric alarms,

  but ionization alarms
  should be banned."

  Adrian Butler & Karl Westwell,

  Co-Founders, WFSF
  QLD, Australia | 8 Sept 2018

Erin Yarwood (Matt's Fiancée), Aluna & Celebrity Chef, Matt Golinski

"...he had working alarms...

but they simply didn't work."















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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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An Important Message from the
World Fire Safety Foundation

Adrian Butler

"Australia's Ralph Nader"

Former Full Time Fire Fighter

Chairman, Co-Founder

World Fire Safety Foundation

15 November 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?  Examine the ABC's seven part investigation above or see 60 Minutes' exposé 'The Alarming Truth' below.'

Still not convinced? See why NSW former Fire Commissioner warned that the ionization type of smoke alarm in most U.S.,  Australian and New Zealand homes should be banned.


Discover the truth then replace your ionization smoke alarms with photoelectrics so you can properly protect your family.


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 > > >

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

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Katarina Carroll

QFES Commissioner

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  of the people who are evil,

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  who do nothing about it."

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