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Skip on CBS 5 ConsumerWatch Common Smoke Alarms Fail to Alarm

CBS 5 ConsumerWatch, November 16, 2012

CBS 5 ConsumerWatch:  Certain Smoke Detectors May Not Warn of Deadly Fires


The International Association of Firefighters say ionization smoke detectors, which are in many homes, do not respond quickly to deadly smoldering fires. The group recommends homeowners install photoelectric detectors.  CBS 5 ConsumerWatch Reporter Julie Watts interviews Retired Albany Fire Chief Marc McGinn regarding the poor performance of ionization smoke alarms in the smoldering fires that are most likely to kill you in a fire.  The segment includes an "aquarium test" contrasting the performance of Photoelectric Smoke Alarms and Ionization Alarms.  The test was run by Home Inspector Skip Walker, CREIA Master Inspector (MCI) and ASHI Certified Inspector.


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