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Additional reading about smoke alarms

Want to learn more about smoke alarms? Following are interesting articles from NFPA Journal® and other sources.

Cool Factor

By Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy
NFPA Journal®, May/June 2014

A few months ago, I received a package at the office containing a pair of smoke alarms that had just hit the market. I was already intrigued by the alarm, since I’d heard some of the buzz about it. News reports talked about its sleek look—the person who designed it had a hand in creating Apple’s original iPod—and the announcement that the company that produced the alarm had been bought by Google. The alarm was being touted as an important component of today’s high-tech home (which should also contain home fire sprinklers, of course). There was a cool factor around this product that I’d never seen associated with smoke alarms.

Where There's Smoke

By David A. Lucht, P.E., FSPE
NFPA Journal®, March/April 2013

Fifty years ago, Duane Pearsall stumbled across a technology that offered the possibility of a new kind of smoke detector. What he did with his discovery was anything but accidental, and has helped save tens of thousands of lives in home fires.

Video: Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor David Lucht details Duane Pearsall's innovations that helped revolutionize the home smoke alarm industry.

Close to home

By Amy LeBeau, NFPA Senior Project Manager, Public Education
NFPA Journal®, January/February 2013

A  friend of mine, Brook, recently told me about a serious fire that occurred at her home. It took place late at night and originated in the kitchen. Brook and her three boys, ages 1, 6, and 8, along with her mother, were in the home. Her husband was traveling for work. Brook’s oldest son was awoken by the smell of smoke, and he immediately went and woke his mother.

Alarm allies

By Sharon Gamache (ret.), NFPA Public Education
NFPA Journal®, September/October 2010

As a public educator, I am always looking for ways to increase people’s knowledge of smoke alarms. However, I think public educators can be most effective in reducing deaths and injuries in their communities by combining education with installation programs, especially in high-risk neighborhoods.

Fire On My Mind

By Amy LeBeau, NFPA Senior Project Manager, Public Education
NFPA Journal®, July/August 2010

I sometimes forget that the average person isn’t always thinking about fire hazards 24 hours a day like I am. Okay, maybe not 24 hours a day, but pretty close. When you do fire safety education day in and day out, it becomes second nature....You can imagine my reaction when I brought my 2½-year-old son to daycare last month and saw tin foil covering the smoke alarm in the hallway between the kitchen and the living room.