Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home Smoke Alarm Project, Alarm Response Calibrations, Report of Test FR 4020

Published

Author(s)

Thomas G. Cleary

Abstract

This Report of Test presents data from a series of alarm response calibration tests as part of research into the performance of smoke alarms.The purpose of these tests was to provide a consistent calibration of all of the modified alarms used in the fire test series. The modified photoelectric and ionization alarms were exposed to smolder smoke and soot from a propene flame. CO alarms were exposed to smolder smoke that contained carbon monoxide. Full details on the alarm calibration procedures can be found in NIST Technical Note 1455. The alarm naming convention is described in NIST TN 1455, along with uncertainty estimates for each measurement.
Citation
Home Smoke Alarm Project, Alarm Response Calibrations, Report of Test FR 4020

Keywords

building fires, detector sensitivity, fire tests, heat alarms, ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, residential buildings, smoke alarms

Citation

Cleary, T. (2003), Home Smoke Alarm Project, Alarm Response Calibrations, Report of Test FR 4020, Home Smoke Alarm Project, Alarm Response Calibrations, Report of Test FR 4020 (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created December 1, 2003, Updated February 17, 2017