This webinar, in partnership with (UL) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gave an overview of the latest safety and performance requirements for new "smart" smoke alarms. UL has been a leader in facilitating the development of standards for performance of smoke alarms for more than four decades. UL collaborated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop the first standard on smoke alarms (UL 217) which was first published in 1976.
Participants learned how shifts in fire/smoke characteristics due to changes in home design, building techniques and furnishings; incorporate the latest technologies that are expected to be in the market place in 2019. These changes showed how smart smoke alarms will enhance safety in residential occupancies. Presenters' discussions included "multi-criteria" sensing technology and how these new alarms will be less likely to alert from nuisance sources such as cooking smoke.
Bruce E. Johnson, Sr. Regulatory Engineer, Codes and Advisory Services Department, UL LLC
Daniel J. Kaiser, Staff Engineer, Life Safety and Security Division, UL LLC