BSI – formerly the British Standards Institute – issues the smoke alarms test standard. We asked why this standard is so tolerant of tardy alarms. It told us: ‘The standard covers ionisation and optical alarms, and the test fires ensure that whichever type is used, the alarm provides adequate warning when there is a real fire.’ We don’t think this is good enough. Late-to-sound alarms could lead to unthinkable consequences. And as the images above show, finding out and getting out quickly matters when there’s a fire in your home. There needs to be a stricter new standard that only rewards alarms that sound more quickly. We’ve raised our response-time concerns with BSI, which said that a new smoke alarms standard is being drafted. We’ll take a close look at it and make our feelings known if it doesn’t go far enough to protect people when there’s a fire in the home.
Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/08/unsafe-smoke-alarm-revealed-by-new-which-tests/ – Which?