fire & life safety inspection

Smoke Alarm Task Force

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has convened the Smoke Alarm Task Force comprised of experts representing various organizations (i.e. fire service, building officials, industry, local government, testing laboratories, stakeholders, etc.) in regards to ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms used in single family dwellings or residential buildings. The scope of the project is to address the effectiveness of smoke detection technologies including ionization, photoelectric, and other technologies, complying with current CSFM listing standards, and used in residential occupancies as required by California code. It is expected the task group will review and examine current or relevant studies, reports, and scientific data. The task group will identify, analyze and report on key issues and make recommendations to the State Fire Marshal. It is anticipated this task force will complete their activities by June 1, 2011.

Roster

Meeting Agendas:

May 24 & 25, 2011

April 20 & 21, 2011

March 28, 2011

February 16, 2011

January 13, 2011

Meeting Notes:

May 24 & 25, 2011

April 20 & 21, 2011

March 28, 2011

February 16-17, 2011

January 13, 2011

Presentations:

A Local Fire Marshal Perspective

Ion vs. Photo: Is There a Qualitative Difference for Life Safety?

Iophic Technology California Task Force

Multi-Sensor Alarms

Multi-Criteria Fire Detection

Results & Analysis of the NIST Smoke Alarm Sensitivity Study

Smoke Alarms: A Critical Look

Smoke Alarm Detection Technology

Smoke Alarm Response and Tenability

UL 217, 268 and NFPA 72

UL Video - Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construciton

References:

R-1 - Fatal Fires
US Fire Administration/NFDC; Topical Fire Research Series, Volume 5 - Issue 1, March 2005)

R-2 - Fatal Fires in Residential Buildings
US Fire Administration/NFDC; Topical Fire Research Series, Volume 11 - Issue 2, August 2010

R-3 - Ionization and Photoelectric Smoke Alarms in Rural Alaskan Homes
Original Research, Volume 173, August 2000

R-4 - Massachusetts Board of Fire Prevention Regulations, October 7, 2010 Minutes

R-5 - Massachusetts Joint Building Code and Fire Code Smoke Alarm Subcommittee; Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations
December 6, 2007

R-6 - NFPA Characteristics of Home Fire Victims
Jennifer Flynn

R-7 - NFPA Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires - September 2009

R-8 - NFPA Smoke Alarm Presence and Performance in U.S. Home Fires

R-9 - NFPA Task Group on Smoke Detection Folow-up Report

R-10 - NFPA Task Group Report - Minimum Performance Requirements for Smoke Alarm Detection Technology

R-11 - Performance of Dual Photoelectric/Ionization Smoke Alarms in Full-Scale Fire Tests
Thomas Cleary

R-12 - Residential Nuisance Source Characteristics for Smoke Alarm Testing
Thomas G. Cleary

R-13 - Response-Time Comparison of Ionization and Photoelectric/Heat Detectors
2001 AUBE Conference; J.R. Qualey III, L. Desmarais, J. Pratt; Simplex Time Recorder Co.

R-14 - Results from a Full-Scale Smoke Alarm Sensitivity Study Thomas Cleary

R-15 - Smoke Alarm Response and Tenability
2009 AUBE Conference; Christopher L. Mealy, Andrew Wolfe, Daniel T. Gottuk; Hughes Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD

R-16 - Smoke Alarm Response and Tenability: Estimation Guidelines and Tenability Issues Part 1
Christopher Mealy & Daniel Gottuk

R-17 - Smoke Alarm Response: Estimation Guidelines and Tenability Issues Part 2
Christopher L. Mealy, Andrew Wolfe, Daniel T. Gottuk; Hughes Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD

R-18 - Smoke Alarms Pilot Study of Nuisance Alarms Associated with Cooking
Arthur Lee

R-19 - The Fire Protection Research Foundation Smoke Characterization Project

R-20 - Vermont Legislation (2008) An Act relating to requiring the installation of Photoelectric-only-type smoke detectors

R-21 - NIST Residential Nuisance Source Characteristics for Smoke Alarm Testing
Thomas G. Cleary

R-22 - City of Sebastopol 2010 CFC Adoption

R-23 - Performance of Home Smoke Alarms
Analysis of the Response of Several Available Technologies in Residential Fire Settings; by Bukowski, Peacock, Averill, Cleary, Bryner, Walton, Reneke and Kuligowski. (NIST Technical Note 1455-1; February 2008 Revision)

R-24 - City of Palo Alto Ordinance No. 5104
(To adopt 2009 Edition of the International Fire Code)

R-25 - City of Albany Ordinance No. 2010-06

R-26 - 2010 NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
(scroll to heading "View the document online (read only)" and click on link.

R-27 - An Evaluation of Fire Detectors for Residential Placement
(Los Angeles City Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau, August 1981)

R-28 - 1996 Smoke Detector Nuisance Alarms: A Field Study in a Native American Community

R-29 - When Smoke Alarms are a Nuisance?

R-30 - RSET/ASET, A Flawed Concept for Fire Safety Assessment

R-31 - DRAFT 2009 International Residential Code

R-32 - 2010 California Residential Code

R-33 - Q&A Clarifying NIST Home Smoke Alarm Study

R-34 - Washington Report

R-35 - Original Dunes II Study Report Issued in January 2007

R-36 - December 2007 Revision to Indiana Dunes II Study Report

R-37 - January 2008 Revision to Indiana Dunes II Study Report
(Attachment "NIST - Performance of Home Smoke Alarms TN 1455-1 Dunes 2.pdf" deleted by Thomas Fabian/NBK/ULI)

R-38 - Large-Scale Laboratory Tests of Smoke Detectors (Indiana Dunes I), Richard Bukowski (1975)

R-39 Harris Interactive Poll, conducted for the NFPA (Fall 2004)

R-40 - National Sample Survey of Unreported Residential Fires, (2009) the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC's) Michael A. Greene and Craig Andres (2004-2005)

R-41 - Home Structure Fires, NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Division, M. Ahrens (March 2010)



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