Stop Installing Ionization Smoke Alarms
The WFSF's American Red Cross Smoke Alarm Campaign
Stage 1: Queensland Australia | May - Dec 2015
The ionization type of smoke alarm in most Queensland homes are proven by Australian government (CSIRO) scientific tests data to have life-threatening defects.
The Queensland Fire Service says they "should be replaced" with photoelectric smoke alarms.
However, despite the fire services' position, manufacturers continue to keep selling ionization alarms and most new home builders continue installing them.
For decades we've all been told how safe smoke alarms are, how many lives have been saved, and that every home must have them.
However, Australian Government (CSIRO) test data and a leaked U.S. Government (CPSC) report, have now revealed that the ionization type of smoke alarm in most Australian and U.S. homes have dangerous, life-threatening defects.
Renowned U.S. Fire Chief Warns Ionization
Smoke Alarms Should be Banned and Recalled
Today Tonight, Channel 7, Sydney Australia | 08 May 2011
(See Channel 9 Brisbane's News video below)
The World Fire Safety Foundation
Albany fire department staff after the WFSF helped them become the first
U.S. city to introduce photoelectric-only, smoke alarm legislation | August 2010
Australian Government (CSIRO) scientific test data proves ionization smoke alarms have life-threatening defects, even if they are hard-wired and despite consumers being lulled into a false sense of security due to incessant (false) alarming. Watch this two minutes video:
"The Fire services have known the ionization alarms have failed* Australian Standards since 1993. The code was improved but
never adopted allowing manufacturers to keep selling them."
Channel 9 News, Brisbane, Australia | 08 May 2011
In October 2014, 60 Minutes showed ionization smoke alarms failing
in tests conducted by the Australian Fire Service. Please watch this film.
Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC)
AFAC is the peak representative body for all Australian and New Zealand fire brigades. On 01 June 2006 AFAC released their official 'Position on Smoke Alarms in Residential Accommodation'. AFAC's position states:
“That all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms . . . Ionization smoke alarms may not operate in time to alert occupants early enough to escape from smoldering fires.”
“For both flaming fires and smoldering fires, photoelectric smoke alarms are likely to alert occupants in time to escape safely.”
Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW)
Greg Mullins is the former President of AFAC and the former Commissioner of FRNSW which is one of the world's largest metropolitan fire brigades.
FRNSW does not support the fitting and installation of ionization alarms, they only recommend photoelectric alarms.
Greg Mullins AFSM
retired Jan 2017
Northern Territory Fire & Rescue Service (NTFRS)
Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES)
Published October 2011
The World Fire Safety Foundation is a Queensland-based not-for-profit founded in March 2000. The Foundation does not sell anything, solicit or accept donations. Our May 2015 Queensland survey revealed:
- Most existing homes still have ionization alarms
- Ionization alarms are still being installed in most new homes
- Most people do not know ionization alarms have life-threatening defects
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