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A Comparison of Carbon Monoxide Gas Sensing to Particle Smoke Detection in Residential Fire Scenarios



Thomas G. Cleary, Amy E. Mensch


Recent research has suggested that carbon monoxide (CO) sensing might be better than photoelectric detectors for detecting smoldering fires in dwellings. Results from that research were compared to full-scale experimental data sets, where carbon monoxide concentration and smoke alarm response were gathered during smoldering polyurethane foam furniture and furniture mockup experiments. Based on the analysis of those data sets, CO gas sensing is complementary to particulate smoke detection, but does not appear to rise to a level suggesting it should be a requirement.
Proceedings Title
16th International Conference on Automatic Fire Detection AUBE 17 and Suppression, Detection
and Signaling Research and Applications Conference SUPDET 2017
Conference Dates
September 12-14, 2017
Conference Location
College Park, MD


Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detection, smoldering fires
Created October 2, 2017, Updated December 7, 2018