Free workshop to inform survey on use of smoke and CO alarms in households

Blog Post created by amandakimball Employee on Jan 29, 2017

During a Vision 20/20 workshop on smoke alarms in March 2015, conducting a national census (or representative in-home survey) on the prevalence and characteristics of smoke alarms was identified as the top action item among the fifty-nine stakeholder participants. Therefore, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is moving forward with an in-home representative survey across the US to assess the use and functionality of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.  

The Research Foundation has been contracted by CPSC to facilitate a workshop to gather feedback from stakeholder groups for this planned survey. Stakeholder groups include the fire service, enforcers/AHJs, public educators, researchers, equipment manufacturers, standards developers, and others. The feedback gathered will help inform the questions and methodology of the survey as well as how it is communicated (i.e. what are the really important pieces of data that need to be gathered and included in the overall data set). 

The workshop will be held 16 February 2017 from 8am to 5pm EST at the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, MD.

The first part of the day will include a review of previous work, on-going relevant work, data gaps, human behavior changes/societal changes that influence safety behaviors, perception of CO alarms, and changes in smoke alarm listing and installation standards. Then, the workshop participants will be broken into smaller groups to discuss the key areas and topics that they feel are needed as part of the survey. A draft agenda is available. 

If you would like to participate in this free workshop, please respond back to Eric Peterson, administrator at the Foundation, by email or +1 617984-7281 by February 8. Space is limited.