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The CAN Report

The CAN Report

The CAN Report was sent by registered mail to eighty eight recipients in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA,  The report warned of flawed smoke alarm research, dating back to 1976, which has been relied upon by fire authorities in the formulation of smoke alarm standards around the world. 

In April 2004, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) adopted the amendment to Australia’s Smoke Alarm Standard AS1670.1, which now mandates photoelectric smoke detectors in all sleeping areas and exit paths in all new Australian commercial buildings to which this standard applies.  However,  despite overwhelming evidence that ionization smoke alarms are not fit-for-purpose, the ABCB still refuses, without just cause, to adopt the corrected Australian Smoke Alarm Standard into the Building Code of Australia. 

If the ABCB adopts the corrected standard it will allow Australian homes the same safe level of protection (i.e. with photoelectric technology) afforded to Australian commercial buildings and set global precedence that existing standards testing of ionization smoke alarms is flawed.

‘Recommending Selling or Installing Ionization Smoke Alarms, a Criminal Act of Negligence?’

Warning about Australia’s flawed
smoke alarm standard (AS3786)

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Published: 19 Feb, 2007  Updated:  01 Feb, 2010

The CAN Report

“What we discovered to our horror, as the Australian Standards Committee doing some
  enquiries into test data, was that the ionization smoke alarms are allowed to go to
  50-60% [smoke] obscuration per metre, dangerously high, totally unacceptable.”

Ionization Smoke Alarms - “Totally Unacceptable!”

David Isaac

Mr David Isaac, Member Standards Australia Committee FP002  (page 8)

“This is information that no one in this..
fire station had until a few days ago.”

Russell Ashe

Captain Russell Ashe, Barre City F.D., Vermont, USA, June 2006, page 6

Stated by Captain Russell Ashe in June 2006, in Barre City
Vermont, after four children and their mother died in a home
fitted with hard-wired, working, ionization smoke alarms.

Has NIST’s flawed research mislead fire departments,
safety organisations and regulatory authorities globally?

Scientific Misconduct?
NIST’s credibility under fire

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NIST’S ‘Performance of Home Smoke Alarms Report’

“NIST’s reports are relied upon by
Fire Brigades, safety organisations
and regulatory authorities globally.

The conclusions of the NIST Report
are contradicted by their own data.”

‘The CAN Report’, Summary page 2

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Deadly Loophole Discovered in Australia’s Smoke Alarm Standard

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Recommending Selling or Installing Ionization Smoke Alarms, A Criminal Act of Negligence?