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Studies Assess Performance of Residential Detectors.

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Bukowski, R. W.

NFPA Journal, Vol. 87, No. 1, 48-54, January/February 1993.


smoke detectors; heat detectors; residential buildings; standards; technology utilization


Current thinking on the performance of residential heat detectors compared to that of smoke detectors, as embodied in most U. S. codes, recently has been challenged. This article assembles from the literature a comprehensive picture of what is known about the relative performance of these two detector types in residential fires. The studies cited here were identified in a recently published, comprehensive literature review and are available in the open literature. In each case, the study has been summarized and its conclusions on heat and smoke detector performance are quoted.