ABC

Special Investigation

Vital Information Withheld from Consumers Proving
Ionization Smoke Alarms are Dangerously Defective

"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. The CSIRO
test data is the
key to banning ionization smoke alarms and saving thousands of lives globally."

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.”

"A 2004 U.S. government report found they (ionization alarms) took on average
30-33 minutes longer than photoelectric alarms to respond to smoldering fires. . ."

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

S U M M A R Y

In February 2006 the Australian Government's CSIRO revealed that under Australian standards testing, ionization smoke alarms were unable to pass the scientific test for visible smoke.

 

In October 2015 U.S. Beasley Allen Law Firm and the World Fire Safety Foundation lodged Freedom of Information Act applications for the release of the CSIRO's ionization smoke alarm scientific test data.

 

After over a decade of trying to obtain the company-specific data, in June 2018, the WFSF took the CSIRO to court (i.e. the Administrative Appeals Tribunal) so the story would be made public.

The shocking truth about the CSIRO's ongoing failure to warn about ionization smoke alarms life-threatening defects, thanks to the ABC's ongoing 'Special Investigation', is now in the public domain. . .

Part 1 - 22 Jan 18: Radio Interview - 8 Min. |  Online Report  |  TV Report - 5 Min.

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  ". . .(FRNSW) 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   |    Online Report - ABC Website   |    Download MP3  (8.3 Megs)

Channel 10 TV Interview - 5 Min.
Q. Who Got it Right; the Politician or the Smoke Alarm World Expert?

Do Ionization Smoke Alarms Take 30 Seconds or 30 Minutes Longer to Activate in Smoldering Fires?

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

2:29
"What's wrong
with them

(ionization smoke

alarms)?
What makes them

so dangerous?"

Hamish Macdonald

Presenter, Channel 10
The Project

2:33
"We're not going

  to get into an

  argument about

  whether ionization

  or photoelectric

  is better."

Craig Crawford MP

Minister, Fire & Emergency Services

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

         Hamish Macdonald | Presenter, The Project, Channel 10, Australia | 22 Jan 18

3:04  "The evidence to us says that photoelectric is better for detecting the smoldering fire. Now I'm an
           old firefighter myself . . . just giving someone 30 seconds to a minute
* makes all the difference."

         The Hon. Craig Crawford | Minister for Fire & Emergency Service, QLD, Australia | 22 Jan 18

*Note: Ionization alarms respond to smoldering fires on average 30 minutes slower than photoelectric alarms.

  However, approx. 30% never respond because they have been disconnected due to incessant false alarms.

A. The Smoke Alarm Expert - Check the Credentials for Yourself

Craig Crawford MP - Politician

- Politician (MP) since 2015, QLD Minister for Fire & Emergency Services (since Dec 2017),

- Former volunteer firefighter, night manager and duty manager of large resort, locksmith and paramedic.

David Isaac - Smoke Alarm World Expert
- 48 years fire protection industry experience,
- Standards Australia FP002 smoke alarm committee member,

- Expert witness in numerous U.S. ionization smoke alarm court cases,

- Named, "Australia's Leading Fire Safety Expert" in 60 Minute's Exposé 'The Alarming Truth',

- FPAA's' A.V. Viscogliosi Outstanding Service Award' winner:"David Isaac has an incredibly impressive C.V."

More > > >

David Isaac
Smoke Alarm World Expert, A.V. Viscogliosi Award Recipient - 2016

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

Part 2 - 19 Jun 18: Radio Interview - 7 Min.  |  Online Report

Press 'Play' button above   |    Online Report - ABC Website   |   Download MP3  (7.5 Megs)

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

Part 3 - 11 Jul 18: Radio Interview - 6 Min.  |  Online Report

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 and Beasley Allen Law Firm (AL, U.S.A.) request the release of Australian Government's CSIRO scientific test data for ionization alarms.

9 July 2018
After almost three years of the CSIRO failing to release the test 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  "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 Freedom Of Information Act)."

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

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

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

Part 4 - 20 Jul 18: Radio Interview - 8 Min.  |  Online Report

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

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

Part 5 - 27 Jul 18: Radio Interview - 6 Min.  |  Online Report

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   |    Online 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'  (page 6)

Part 6 - 7 Aug 18: Radio Interview - 6 Min.  |  Online Report

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

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 2020 Smoke Alarm Standard

U.S. Move to Beef Up Smoke
Alarm Laws Set to Spark
More Debate in Australia

2:13  "A 2004 U.S. government report found they (ionization alarms) took on average 30-33 minutes longer than photoelectric

          alarms to respond to smoldering fires. . ."
          Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC Radio National 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

Part 7 - 14 Aug 18: Online Report

Smoke Alarm Campaigners Lose Bid
 to have CSIRO Test Data Released

Bev Butler vs CSIRO | Administrative Appeals Tribunal Hearing | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | 9 June 2018

"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  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  14 August 2018

"The ionization 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 Radio National Breakfast  |   Brisbane, 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  |  Brisbane, 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 Radio National Breakfast  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  14 August 2018

Online Report - ABC Website

1:05  "Ionization detectors are blamed for tens of thousands* of Australian deaths including those of celebrity chef

          Matt Golinski's wife and three children in 2011."
            Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC Radio National  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  20 July 2018

            *Note: "tens of thousands" relates to global data. The correct number for Australian deaths and injuries is in the hundreds.

4:00  "In New Zealand retailers began removing ionization alarms from shelves earlier this year after research and
          recommendations from Consumer New Zealand."
            Annie Guest  |  Reporter/Producer, ABC Radio National  |  Brisbane, QLD, Australia  |  12 December 2018

Part 8 - 18 Dec 18: Radio Interview - 7 Min.  |  Online Report

Researcher Defends
 Ionization Smoke Alarm
Safety Claims

Press 'Play' button above   |    Online Report - ABC Website    |    Download MP3  (7.53 Megs)

2:49  "...he (Richard Bukowski) at the end hid the data and claimed that the smoke detectors worked fine. In other
          words he whitewashed it, and by then he was in so deep and Underwriters was in so deep, nobody wanted
          to say that the emperor (the ionization alarm) had no clothes so to speak."

           Richard M Patton  |  Author, Fire Protection Engineer  |  Sacramento, CA, USA  |  12 December 2018

Richard Bukowski
Senior Research Engineer, National
Institute of Standards & Technology (U.S.)

Richard M Patton, Fire Protection Engineer
Chairman world's first residential smoke alarm standard. Fire safety advocate for over fifty years

Part 9 - 22 Jan 2019:  WFSF Open Letters - To Be Continued. . .

O P E N  L E T T E R S
Open Letter 1:

Request for an Official Investigation by the Australian Attorney General

More > > >

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

'Recommending, 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

After three young girls died in home  fitted with working ionization smoke alarms, Australia's CSIRO scientific test data deposed. The manufacturer settled out of court within 48 hours with a Confidentiality Order.

Labarron Boone Esq.

Won landmark case after deposing CSIRO test data

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

"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."

Albert Einstein

"Ignorance, allied with..
power, is the most.. ferocious enemy..
 justice can have."

James A Baldwin

"All that is required..
for evil to triumph .
is for good men..
 to do nothing."

Edmund Burke