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THE ALARMING TRUTH

How Flawed Smoke Alarm Standards have Led to

Tens of Thousands of Needless Injuries and Deaths

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Chapters 26 - 29  |  2020 Onwards

Chapter

Date

Content

26

2020

Aug

'IONIZATION Smoke Alarms Are DEADLY'

WFSF's update report about industry attempts to block photoelectric-only legislation

27

2020

Sep

S.A.A.M. - World First: 'Disruptive Technology'

New, 'disruptive technology' fire detection devices coming soon.

28

2021

Apr

29

2021

June

Ionization Unable to Pass New U.S. Standard

Ionization technology eliminated with new (legitimate) U.S. smoke alarm standard.

Chapter 26

2020 | August

IONIZATION Smoke Alarms Are DEADLY

The Alarming Truth

by Chief Marc McGinn | August 2010

WFSF 2020 Update

"When we’re asked why the public hasn’t been warned, (most people don’t even know there are two completely different smoke alarm technologies), after more than twenty years of fighting this campaign, we can give an authoritative answer, i.e. “Because of over forty years of misinformation and the fear of litigation.”

'A Message from the World Fire Safety Foundation' | page 3, para 3

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Chapter 27

2020 | September

Smart Ambient Air Monitor (SAAM)

'Disruptive Detection Technology'

The World's Most Innovative Smoke, Fire, Air Quality & Gas Monitoring Device

Chapter 28

2021 | April

WFSF Chairman Interview

April 2021

COMING SOON

The Ongoing Failure to Warn about Ionization Alarms
Puts the Public and our Firefighter's Lives at Risk

Chapter 29

2021 | June

Legislation - U.S.A.:
Ionization Alarms Unable to Pass New U.S. Smoke
Alarm Standard with Legitimate Smoldering Fire Test
Ionization technology eliminated with new (legitimate) edition of U.S.
smoke alarm standard, i.e. UL217 8th edition - effective date 30 June 2021

Smoke Alarms Get Smarter in 2021

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is the world's largest standards testing organization.

 

'UL Certified'

After 30 June 2021, to be 'UL Certified' (as opposed to 'UL Listed'), all smoke alarms
must pass UL's new, smoldering fire tests - unlike previous, flawed smoldering fire
testing which allowed ionization alarms to be certified as safe - see 'UL Sued' below.

 

Australian & N.Z. Scientific Testing Exposes UL's Flawed Standard

Consumer New Zealand & Australian Government (CSIRO) scientific testing proves

that the existing ionization alarms in millions of homes around the world may fail to

alert occupants early enough to escape from smoldering fires.

World Fire Safety Foundation Comment:

The Forty Year Battle to Correct Flawed Smoke Alarm Standards

1976 - Richard Patton distributes 'The Smoke Detector Fraud' report to over 3,000 fire chiefs warning about flawed US standard.

1999 - Washington Post publishes award-winning ionization exposé, 'How Safe Are Products Bearing the UL Mark?'
2005 - Feb: WFSF Warning on TV New Zealand: "...the standards themselves are faulty."

2005 - Oct: WFSF Chairman's Letters to UL warning that their UL217 smoke alarm standard is flawed:

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2010 - UL's flawed smoke alarm standard used by Richard Patton in testimony for first US cities photoelectric-only legislation

2011 - UL Sued: UL settles out of court after allegations that it was "wanton or negligent" with their smoldering fire tests.

2013 - WFSF Report: 'Can Australian and U.S. Smoke Alarm Standards be Trusted?'

2016 - New Zealand introduces world's first, nationwide, photoelectric smoke alarm legislation.

Series of WFSF Letters (sent in 2005) Warning
UL about their Flawed Smoke Alarm Standard
Note: Letters Sent from WFSF's Production Company - MC2E Productions

"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

"The only thing..

necessary for the.. triumph of evil is that..

good men do nothing."

Edmund Burke