ABC

Special Investigation

Australian Government (CSIRO) 'Scientific'
Smoke Alarm Testing "Flawed & Dangerous"

Consumers Deprived of Vital Information

Proving Ionization Smoke Alarms are Not Safe

"Ionization alarms were certified even though the CSIRO admitted that none of them sounded

until 2-3 times the maximum safe limit set for photoelectric alarms. Despite numerous requests, the

CSIRO refuses to provide the test data for individual alarms depriving consumers of vital information."

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

"No one doubts the nobility and good work of the (WFSF) Foundation . . .

but a moral cause or moral outrage isn't an exception to those

subsections (of the Freedom Of Information Act)."

"(FRNSW) testing, I would argue, was not a proper smoldering synthetic fire test."

"A member of the U.S.'s smoke alarm standards technical panel warned
more lives would be lost as a consequence of Australia's stance.”

". . .the Australian Government and the manufacturers

are concerned about the legal liabilities."

"Manufacturer settles out of court after Australia's CSIRO test data deposed."

Investigation by Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer  |  Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

ABC SPECIAL INVESTIGATION
National Radio Interviews and Online Reports

M E N U

More Evidence

Evidence Spanning Over Forty Years - Films, Reports, Research, Media & Litigation

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22 Jan 2018

David Isaac
Standards Australia

Committee FP002

Fire & Rescue NSW Say Research
Settles Smoke Alarm Safety
Debate, Critics Disagree

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

Mark Whybro

Asst. Commissioner

Fire & Rescue NSW

2:10 "The former NSW fire commissioner told a Senate Inquiry in 2014 ionization alarms should be outlawed everywhere."
       
Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC Radio National  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  22 Jan 2018

4:29  "Our research shows that no particular alarms works the best in all situations, so what we're saying is it's actually
          the number, the location and the interconnection of smoke alarms that gives you the best warning."

        Mark Whybro | Assistant Commissioner, Fire & Rescue NSW  |  NSW, Australia  |  22 Jan 2018

5:21  ". . .their testing, I would argue, was not a proper smoldering synthetic fire test."

        David Isaac | Member, Standards Australia Committee FP002 & FPAA |  NSW, Australia  |  22 Jan 2018

Press 'Play' button above   |    Full Report - ABC Website   |    Download MP3  (8.3 Megs)

'Which Alarm Is Best?'

FRNSW's "Flawed & Dangerous" Smoke Alarm Research

National Australian TV Report  |  The Project  |  Channel 10  |  22 Jan 2018

2:27
"...banned  the ionization alarm. What's wrong
with them?
What makes them

so dangerous?"

Hamish Macdonald

Presenter, The Project

2:33
"We're not going

  to get into an

  argument about

  whether ionization

  or photoelectric

  is better."

Craig Crawford

Minister, QFES

2:59  "But you must think the ionization alarm is inferior otherwise you wouldn't have banned them."

         Hamish Macdonald, Presenter, The Project

3:04  "The evidence to us says that photoelectric is better for detecting the smoldering fire."

         Craig Crawford, Minister for Queensland Fire & Emergency Service

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial
Research Organization (CSIRO)
Pressed for Controversial
Smoke Alarm Data

19 June 2018

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0:58  ". . .it doesn't need to have a particularly intelligent legal person to connect the dots and they can prove that the
           failure of an ionization smoke alarm to warn caused injury or death."

            David Isaac | Member, Standards Australia Committee FP002 | NSW, Australia | 19 June 2018

2:08  "As long as we can get back in the house and it's not totally destroyed, lo and behold it's an ionization smoke alarm
          fitted up on the ceiling and it just failed to activate . . . if they had had a working photoelectric smoke alarm in their

          home, we would not have had Australia's worst residential fire here in Logan."

          Louie Naumovski | Founder, Logan House Fire Support Network | QLD, Australia | 19 June 2018

4:04 "But the report did not satisfy critics, including the World Fire Safety Foundation and David Isaac who allege the
          testing methodology is dangerously flawed because the fire service does not properly understand the technology."

          Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC Radio National  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  19 June 2018

Louie Naumovski
Founder, Logan House Fire Support Network

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11 July 2018

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

Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  9 July 2018

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

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

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

3:33  "The Tribunal's Senior Member, Theodore Tavoularis said "No one doubts 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  |  AAT Hearing, Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  9 July 2018

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

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20 July 2018

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

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  |  AAT Hearing Testimony, Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  9 July 2018 (see below)

"There is no statistically significant difference
 between the types of smoke detector technologies. . ."
          Neil Savery | CEO, Australian Building Codes Board

3;14   "There is no statistically significant difference between the types of smoke detector technologies being able to
            predict and detect what might be the likely next fire.”

           Neil Savery |  CEO, Australian Building Codes Board  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  20 July 2018

6:26   "The World Fire Safety Foundation disagrees, arguing the researchers and regulators should be aware of a 2005 to
            2008 report by the United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) . . . (the Foundation) are
            confident ionization smoke alarms will be withdrawn from the market. . ."

           Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC Radio National  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  20 July 2018

Neil Savery

CEO, Australian Building Codes Board

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27 July 2018

Australians Could Die Unnecessarily
in House Fires Due to Smoke Alarm Policies, Claims Senior US Firefighter

Chief Jay Fleming

Boston Fire Dept, MA, USA

Press 'Play' button above   |    Full Report - 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 people. . .”
         Deputy Chief Joseph (Jay) Fleming | UL Smoke Alarm Standard Committee Member  |  Boston Fire Department, MA, USA  |  27 July 2018

"A member of the US's smoke alarm standards technical panel warned more lives would be lost as a consequence of Australia's stance.”

How many lives have been lost because the public have not been told the truth about ionization smoke alarms?
See Chief Fleming's 2006 quote about warning the public in 'The C.A.N. Report' 
H E R E > > >  (page 6)

7 August 2018

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

Sean DeCrane, Underwriters Laboratories
(UL) PR Manager, Advising Australian Authorities

about US's Superior Smoke Alarm Standard

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

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

0:00  "The American standards body is sending an expert (Sean DeCrane) to brief Australian authorities on its progress to
           improve smoke alarm requirements . . . it is expected that an alarm (ionization) commonly used here in Australia will
           be removed from the US market."

          Fran Kelly  |  Host 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'
11:47
"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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14 August 2018

Smoke Alarm Campaigners Lose Bid
 to have CSIRO Test Data Released

"I was shocked and appalled, given it was such an important decision involving public safety . . . The CSIRO, the Australian
 Government and the manufacturers, they all know that these ionization alarms are not fit for purpose."

Bev Butler  |  World Fire Safety Foundation FOI Officer after AAT Appeal decision  |  QLD, Australia  |  14 August 2018

"The ionisation alarm remains common in Australian households and has been blamed for deaths, including that of celebrity
 chef Matt Golinski's wife and three children in 2011."

Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC RN Breakfast  |   QLD, Australia  | 14 August 2018

"Because it's gone on for so long, I think the Australian Government and the manufacturers are concerned about the legal
 liabilities,"

Adrian Butler  |  Co-Founder, World Fire Safety Foundation after AAT Appeal decision  |  QLD, Australia  |  14 August 2018

"In the United States, standalone ionization alarms are expected to be forced off the market by 2020, when a new, stricter
 standard comes into force."

Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC RN Breakfast  |  QLD, Australia  |  14 August 2018

Full Report - ABC Website

More Evidence

Evidence Spanning Over Forty Years - Films, Reports, Research, Media & Litigation

WFSF Correspondence to:

October 2004  WFSF Documentary

'Stop The Children Burning'

Documentary about the 50 year ionization smoke alarm scandal.

February 2007  |   The C.A.N. Report

'Recomending Selling or Installing Ionization Smoke Alarms, A Criminal Act of Negligence?'

Sent to Australasian fire services & ABCB board members warning about ionization alarms

Extract: "It's A Big Worry" | Page 9, col 1

A Current Affair

Consumer New Zealand's First Warning about Ionization Alarms on
TVNZ and on National Australian TV  | A Current Affair, 6 June 2006

The C.A.N. Report

June 2014  Beasley Allen Law Suit

CSIRO Test Data Used in Landmark U.S. Ionization Smoke Alarm Law Suit

Three young girls die in house fire fitted with working ionization smoke alarms.

Manufacturer settles out of court after Australia's CSIRO test data deposed.

October 2016  |  60 Minutes

Ionization Smoke Alarm Exposé, 'The Alarmimg Truth'

Exposé where ABCB's CEO Mr Neil Savery denies there is a  problem with ionization smoke alarms, despite the Australia's Building Code (overseen
by the ABCB) mandating photoelectrics in commercial building in 2004

May 2018  |  Consumer New Zealand

Consumer New Zealand Calling for Ionization Smoke Alarms to be Pulled from Shelves

After four independent scientific tests since 2006 to 2016, Consumer New Zealand is warning consumers - replace ionization smoke alarms with photoelectric alarms.

"We recommend you choose photoelectric alarms . . .

 We think ionization alarms should not be sold in New Zealand."

'Smoke Alarms: The Safest & The Best'
Radio New Zealand Interview with Consumer NZ's Head of Testing, Dr Paul Smith

Dr Paul Smith

Head of Testing

Websites, Documents & Radio Interviews

NEOFPA website (#1 firefighter website promoting photoelectrics):  www.GetSafeAlarms.com

WFSF Legacy Website (over 400 web pages):  www.thewfsf.org

WFSF Facebook site (over 50 videos):  www.Facebook.com/thewfsf/videos

WFSF Tenants Site:  www.TenantsLivesMatter.org

WFSF Documents (over 200 documents):  www.Scribd.com/thewfsf

WFSF Radio Interviews:  www.soundcloud.com/recordedbywfsf

O P E N  L E T T E R

Request for an Official Investigation by the Australian Attorney General into

Alleged Collusion Between CSIRO, FRNSW and Ionisation Smoke Alarm Manufacturers

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