Stage 2: Ohio U.S.A.  |  July - Dec 2015

Ohio State Fire Marshal - Life Safety & Litigation Concerns

In February 2012 Ohio's State Fire Marshal (SFM) stated publicly that:

1. He would educate Ohioans about the different types of smoke alarms available.

He has not.

2. Ionization smoke alarms provide adequate time to escape a fire.

They do not.


WFSF's Ohio  Campaign Meetings

From late July 2015 the WFSF will conduct public meetings explaining how the
SFM has put the lives of fire fighters and citizens at risk (see CPSC video below).
If since 1 May 2011 you, or a family member has:

1. Been given an ionization alarm by anyone including but not limited to any Ohio fire

    fighter, government official or the Red Cross.

2. Been a victim of a residential house fire resulting in loss or property injury or death.

Please complete the form below and find out about the WFSF meetings.  Thank you.

Open Letters to Governor Kasich

& Ohio Government Officials

There are two types of smoke alarms, Ionization & Photoelectric
Ionization smoke alarms are in most homes

The Problem

The Solution

Larry L. Flowers

Ohio State Fire Marshal

Recommend photoelectric smoke alarms

WFSF's Open Letter to SFM
The WFSF's Open Letter (pending) will request disclosure of the level of smoke the BRK SA340 ionization smoke alarms distributed by the SFM activated under Australian Standards (CSIRO) scientific tests.

Find out more in this May 2015 ABC - WFSF Interview.

The Fire Fighter - Captain Darian Edwards
00:52 "That detector you're holding in your right hand, the ionization,

            will fail. 10, 20, 30 minutes after the fire; that's when it activates."

00:00 "Do you think with an ionization alarm people have
           enough time to escape?"

00:05 "In most cases yes ... but we know for a fact that a

          working smoke detector gives folks the adequate

          amount of time to get out..."


Australian Government (CSIRO) scientific test data proves ionization alarms do not give adequate time to get out.


00:51 "Which smoke detectors?"

00:53 "Our message is a working smoke detector.

          There's a lot of different technologies out there. . ."


There are not "a lot of different technologies out there." There are just two, ionization and photoelectric.

01:14 "As part of this campaign will you be educating
           people on the two different types?"


01:19 "Absolutely. We'll let people know there are a lot of

          different technologies available . . .  to say one or

          the other is better - we can't say that. . ."


The public (and fire fighters) have not been adequately

educated about the two different technologies.

The SFM's claims that he can't say "one or the other is better" is false



Ionization smoke alarms have been proven by Australian Government (CSIRO) test data  to have inherent life-threatening defects.



Photoelectric smoke detectors are located in most commercial buildings - they are proven to be effective.

The Fire Fighter - Saving Lives

The Politician - Saving Face


"You're telling people to get the photoelectric smoke

  detector vs getting an ionization smoke detector."

State Fire Marshal (SFM) stands
by/defends ionization alarms

Ohio Fire Chiefs, Fire Officials & Fire Fighters

International Fire Fighters Organizations
Recommend Photoelectric Alarms

Despite being provided with evidence of their known and proven defects, the SFM stands behind the report claiming he cannot say one type of alarm is better than another.

In February 2013, ABC consumer investigative reporter Jenn Strathman interviewed State Fire Marshal Flowers . . .

In April 2012 fire officials across Ohio were outraged when the SFM's office published a smoke alarm report which failed to disclose the known limitations of ionization smoke alarms.

All Australian & New Zealand Fire Brigades

Recommend photoelectric smoke alarms

Queensland Fire &
Emergency Services

Northern Territory

 Fire & Rescue Service

Fire & Rescue
New South Wales

FRNSW does not support ionization alarms

QFES warns ionization alarms "should be replaced"

The N.T.'s photoelectric legislation was enacted 01 Nov 2011

Fire Chiefs


Fire Officials


North Eastern Ohio

Fire Prevention Association

Photoelectric-specific statewide legislation enacted 01 April 2015 and has been in several municipalities since January 2011

Ohio's Statewide & Municipal
Photoelectric-Specific Legislation

U.S. & Australian Fire Fighter Organizations

Official Positions - Residential Smoke Alarms

The official positions of both the IAFF & AFAC:

"Ionization smoke alarms may not operate in time to alert
   occupants early enough to escape from smoldering fires."

The International Association of
Fire Fighters (IAFF) represents

over 90% of U.S. and Canadian

fire fighters and paramedics

The Australasian Fire & Emergency

Service Authorities Council
(AFAC) represents all Australian
and New Zealand fire fighters

"To say one or the other is

  better - we can't say that."


"Citizens must upgrade their smoke alarms to make sure their homes are
 equipped with photoelectric smoke alarms. Using better smoke alarms
will drastically reduce the loss of life among fire fighters and citizens."


1. Australian Government (CSIRO) tests data shows ionization alarms do not activate until over 2-3 times the maximum safe limit set for photoelectric alarms

2. A third alleged "new technology" has recently emerged. The 'IoPhic' is a modified ionization smoke alarm. It failed scientific smoldering fire tests conducted for

    the New Zealand Consumer organization. Correspondence sent to the President of the company challenging claims that it performs better than a photoelectric

    alarm in the smoldering stage of fire remain unanswered: (being built)

3. Communication from the Office of the SFM is consistent with his commitment to only promote 'working' smoke alarms. (being built)

Harold Schaitberger, General President, IAFF 04 Oct 2010  |  Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Harold Schaitberger
President IAFF

How to Drastically Reduce Fire Fighter and Citizen Deaths

   "...Mr Dennis if you could jump in first please. We can't

        do this alone and hopefully you all are reaching out

               to your house and senate representatives and

                   senators and being heard. Is that the case?"

"I'm very hopeful in Ohio ... So we have the whole fire

  community only supporting photoelectric smoke alarms.
    The problem in Ohio is the Fire Marshal is housed under

         the Commerce Department ... So the only people

           fighting it is the Commerce Department."

Elliot F. Kaye

 Executive Director, Chairman U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC)

Dean Dennis M.Ed, B.A., CISM

Fathers For Fire Safety, Ohio

Honorary Member NEOFPA

CPSC Agenda & Priorities Hearing | Washington D.C.  June 2015

CPSC Chairman, Elliot F. Kaye with NEOFPA's Honorary Member Dean Dennis

Senator Bill Seitz - Photoelectric Legislation in 2015

NEOFPA's CPSC Testimony - Part 3

At the CPSC's June  2015 Hearing, Dean Dennis, representing the North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association, revealed how the smoke alarms in most Ohio homes are proven to be defective and how the Department of Commerce has been working against the stand taken by Ohio fire officials and fire fighters to recommend photoelectric smoke alarms.

Senator Seitz with Australian & U.S. Smoke Alarm Experts

David Isaac (left), Adrian Butler (2nd from right), Dean Dennis (right)

with Senator Bill Seitz  |  June 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

"We will next year be introducing legislation that will
mandate the use of photoelectric technology..."

WFSF's U.S. Smoke Alarm Campaign - 2015

"Why Haven't We Been Told?"
WFSF Ohio Meetings: July - August 2015

Adrian Butler is the chairman and co-founder of the WFSF.

He is a former full-time fire fighter and an honorary member of the North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association.  He has been working with Cincinnati's world smoke alarm expert and Father's For Fire Safety Co-Founder, Dean Dennis since 2007 educating Ohio fire fighters and officials about smoke alarm technology.

The WFSF was instrumental in Ohio's first municipal photoelectric-specific legislation and in other U.S. and Australian photoelectric-specific legislation (see video below).  His talks will explain how and why since the mid 60's the truth about ionization smoke alarms continues to be kept from the public and most fire fighters.

Details of meeting will be posted on this page.

If you have any questions contact him directly:

Cell:  Australia - until 20 June 2015  +61 409 782 166   |   U.S.A. - after 20 June 2015  To Be Advised


Thank you for helping with our campaign. From late July to mid August 2015 I will be touring Ohio for four weeks revealing how the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Red Cross has put the property and lives of Ohio's fire fighters and citizens at risk. If since 01 May 2011 you have been provided with an ionization smoke alarm by any Ohio fire department, fire fighter, fire official, or the Red Cross, or you or a family member was a victim of a residential house fire, please subscribe to our newsletter for more information. Thank you. Adrian Butler Chairman, Co-Founder, Former Fire Fighter The World Fire Safety Foundation (WFSF) Honorary Member, North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association 196 Yeates Road, Beerwah, Queensland, Australia Note: The World Fire Safety Foundation does not sell any products or services.



WFSF's U.S. Smoke Alarm Tour - 2014

Chief Kevin Jacobs Explains Why Shaker Heights was
Ohio's First City to Mandate Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

World Fire Safety Foundation

U.S. Smoke Alarm Tour  |  June - July 2014

Email : Shaker Heights Fire Chief to WFSF  |  Jan 2011

From: Kevin Jacobs <>

Date: 29 January 2011 at 01:54






I would like to personally extend my thanks to you for all your help and support as Shaker worked to pass a photoelectric smoke detector ordinance.  As you know by now we were successful on this past Monday.


I don’t know if we had been successful if we did not have all the information your organization provided. If there is any help you need from us, as others consider passing legislation, please do not hesitate to call.


Kevin Jacobs

Chief of Fire

Shaker Hts. Fire Department

Dean Dennis, Fathers For Fire Safety (left); Captain Mark Walsh, Colerain Fire Dept; Adrian Butler Chairman, WFSF; Chief Paul Wright
President, Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association  |  June 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio

Adrian Butler Chairman, WFSF (center); Chief Steve Ashbrock; Dean Dennis, Fathers For Fire Safety (right); with Madeira & Indian Hill Fire
Department fire fighters and paramedics  |  June 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio

John Desmarteau, President, North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association (NEOFPA) (left); Adrian Butler Chairman, WFSF; Devon Paullin, Former Fire Marshal Shaker Heights Fire Dept (retd.),

Secretary, NEOFPA (right)  |  June 2014, Cleveland, Ohio

WFSF Chairman Discusses U.S.A.'s First, State-Wide

Photoelectric Legislation  |  Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.  June 2014

Dean Dennis, Fathers For Fire Safety (left); Ed Paulk, Alabama State Fire Marshal; Adrian Butler Chairman, WFSF;  David Isaac, Standards Australia Committee FP002 (right)  | July 2014, Montgomery, Alabama

Devon Paullin, Former Fire Marshal Shaker Heights Fire Dept (retd.),

Secretary, NEOFPA (left); Dean Dennis, Fathers For Fire Safety;   Adrian Butler Chairman, WFSF;  John Desmarteau, President,
NEOFPA (right)  |  June 2014, ABC5 Studios, Cleveland, Ohio


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