IAFC - ‘Residential Smoke Alarm Report’
extracted from ‘The International Fire Chief’ Magazine, September, 1980
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The IAFC’s ‘Residential Smoke Alarm Report’ warned that ionization smoke alarms “may be slow to activate
in smoldering fires and lives may be in danger.”  Fire Chiefs were advised to only recommend photoelectric smoke alarms and NOT combination ionization/photoelectric alarms due to increased cost and the false alarm problem inherent in ionization technology.

John Gerard, Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Los Angeles Fire Department was one of the subcommittee members who wrote the report.  He appeared on TV in Utah in 1981 warning about the danger
 of ionization alarms and promoting photoelectrics as the safe and viable alternative.

Real-world tests mentioned in the report, so Fire Chiefs can see the problem with ionization smoke
alarms for themselves, have recently been performed in several American states resulting in changes to
legislation to mandate photoelectric smoke alarms.

Today, as was the case in 1980, most Fire Chiefs are still being misled regarding the dangerous defects with ionization smoke alarms.

The IAFC had a duty of care to warn of the known and dangerous defects on ionization smoke alarms in 1980. Ionization smoke alarm usage has gone from around 5% in 1980 to 95% in 2010 yet the number of deaths per 1,000 US house fires has remained at 8 per 1,000 since 1980. 

In 2010, scientific research and tens of thousands of needless deaths prove the IAFC’s official, 1980 Report was  absolutely, 100% accurate. Could it be deemed a Criminal Act of Negligence to continue to fail to warn the public about the known, scientifically proven, dangerous defects of ionization alarms?safer.htmlcan.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1

Residential Smoke Alarm Report
Published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

September, 1980

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FireFighters - You MUST Read this Report . . .
Extracted from the Sept,1980 edition of
‘The International Fire Chief’ Magazine
Courtesy Library of Congress
Find out how fire fighters have been needlessly injured and killed because the truth about ionization smoke alarms has been kept from you for over thirty years.
Why, after 30 years, is the IAFC STILL sitting on the fence and failing to warn you that your lives “may be in danger” because ionization smoke alarms do not activate in a timely manner in smoldering fires?  Were you aware that the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF - 292,000 members), officially said “No” to ionization and combination ionization/photoelectric smoke alarms in October, 2009?
“Is it possible that the recommendation for
 dual or for both is maybe a compromise
 to transition away from ionization detectors?”
“I can tell you right now the International.
Association of Fire Chiefs played the middle.
of the road with the dual detector . . ..
they know better than what they promoted.”
Chief  W Jetter, PhD
William (BJ) Jetter, PhD, MIFireE,CFO,OFE,CHSIII Fire Chief
Sycamore Township EMs & Fire Department, Ohio, USA
Capt. Clayton James
Captain Clayton L. James
Newport Fire Department, Kentucky, USA
Smoke Detector Seminar
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What Type of Smoke Alarms Should Fire Departments Recommend to the Public?
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“. . . promotion and advertising is misleading the Fire Chief and the public.”
IAFC Residential Smoke Alarm Report, Sept, 1980  Page 1, para 6
IAFC’s 1980, Official
‘Residential Smoke Alarm Report’
“The Fire Chief’s Recommendation
IAFC Residential Smoke Alarm Report, Sept, 1980  Page 5, para 4 (emphasis added)
“In fact, they [ionization alarms] might be so slow to activate in a
 smoldering fire that lives may be in danger.”
IAFC Residential Smoke Alarm Report, Sept, 1980  Page 4, para 8
IAFC: ‘Residential Smoke Alarm Report’ - September, 1980
AFAC - ‘Position on Smoke Alarms in Residential Accommodation’ - June, 2006
AFAC,  ‘Position on Smoke Alarms in Residential Accommodation’
01 June, 2006, page 3, clause 3  (emphasis added)
“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 smouldering fires.”

The Official Position of ALL Australian & New Zealand Fire Brigades:

Australasian Fire and Emergency
Service Authorities Council

The subcommittee on Smoke Detection can take no other course but
to recommend the installation of PHOTOELECTRIC smoke detectors.”