While it’s undisputed that smoke alarms save countless lives, they aren’t perfect. In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to almost 2.5 million false alarms, almost twice the total number of reported fires and five times the number of structure fires.
“Unwanted alarms have also taken an increasing toll on the nation’s fire service in the form of fuel costs, apparatus wear and tear, risk of collision and injury during response, and a growing complacency when responding to automatic alarms,” writes Marty Ahrens, senior manager of Fire Analysis Services at NFPA, in a feature story in the new NFPA Journal.
In the article, “The Unwanted Conundrum,” in the May/June NFPA Journal, professionals from all sides of the issue—manufacturers, firefighters, researchers—weigh-in with commentary on the issues, challenges, and possible solutions to the unwanted alarm problem.
Read what they have to say in the all new NFPA Journal.