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Photoelectric vs. Ionization Smoke Alarms


Collection of Residential Smoke Alarm Research

This report was scanned from hardcopy. 

Richard Patton, Fire Protection Engineer

There is an easy solution to the fire deaths within homes.  It is to install reliable fire detectors of the correct type so that when a fire is still smoldering and easy to snuff out, or to escape, an emergency warning will sound.  Fire is like a tiger cub.  When it is small it is not yet a threat and easy to kill.  So, the primary reason why fire is deadly (especially to children) is because ineffective ionization smoke detectors, with failure rates exceeding 50%, have been marketed to more than 90% of US homes.

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