SERVICE IS NOT DOING
WHAT’S REQUIRED OF US,
SERVICE IS DOING MORE THAN WHAT’S REQUIRED OF US.
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people who die in home fires do so in places where
smoke alarms are either not present or not operating. We know that nuisance alarms contribute to
disabling of alarms but not really to what extent.
With so many choices to be made, one fire protection professional I know recommended a matrix that
would explain the concepts of good, better, and best
for consumers where smoke alarms were concerned.
As far as I know, the idea did not catch on, which
is too bad, but I do understand that the amount of
work needed to come to consensus on what criteria
would be used to label a smoke alarm as good vs.
best would be daunting. That process is beyond us at
present until more research funding is made available
to study smoke alarms in greater depth.
So, to what extent do we have a role in this issue?
It is in educating consumers about the right choices
they should make when purchasing a smoke alarm.
The fire service has its work cut out for it, and I
would recommend you have someone in your
department who understands the issues and what to
recommend beyond what the national standards
have to say about smoke alarm type and placement.
Or, perhaps a group of you team up and gain that
expertise. Because not everyone is paying enough
attention to this important issue.
For more information, see Consumer Product Safety
Commission, Smoke Alarms–Why, Where, and Which?
CPSC Pub.559, www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/pdfs/
1. SUPDET 2016, March 1-4, 2016, San Antonio, Texas. www.nfpa.
Jim Crawford, FIFireE, is project manager for Vision 20/20 and
a retired fire marshal and deputy chief of the Vancouver (WA)
Fire Department. He is a member of the NFPA technical committee on professional qualifications for fire marshals, a former member of the Standards Council for the NFPA, a fellow of
the Institution of Fire Engineers, a life member of the IAFC, and
past president of the International Fire Marshal’s Association.
Crawford is the author of Fire Prevention Organization and
Management and is an editorial board member of FireRescue.
He has received the R. Wayne Powell Excellence in Fire Prevention Award, the Dr. Anne Phillips award for leadership in fire
and life safety education from the Congressional Fire Services
Institute and the International Fire Service Training Association, the “Fire Protection Person of the Year” from the Society
of Fire Protection Engineers, and the Percy Bugby Award from
the International Fire Marshal’s Association.
To read more from Jim Crawford, visit www.firefighterna-tion.com/author/jim-crawford.