Updated 28 Jun 2014
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About our test
Our test was conducted in the fire laboratory of the Building Research Association (BRANZ). We purchased 3 examples of each model. Our results are the average of the performances of the 3 examples.
The alarms were fixed to a ceiling panel in a mocked-up hallway adjacent to the door opening of a fireproof room (which was about the size of a single-car garage).
In both tests, the smoke density was measured at the location of the alarms using a laser light-source and detector.
03 Aug 2014, World Fire Safety Foundation
Given this alarm is "EXTREMELY POOR" at detecting fire in the early, smouldering stage there is a compelling argument it not be allowed to be sold to the public.
W A R N I N G!
Ionisation smoke alarms have been proven by Australian Government (CSIRO) testing to have life-threatening defects.
Take the NZFS's advice - ONLY install photoelectric alarms.
The Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) is the peak representative body of all New Zealand and Australian fire brigades.
AFAC's position of 01 June, 2006 states:
"That all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms . . . Ionisation smoke alarms may not operate in time to alert occupants early enough to escape from smouldering fires."
No, this product has too many drawbacks.
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