Evaluating the Need for a Consumer Focused Smoke Alarm Performance System


Everett Vincent Pope Baker, Tyler J. Bennett, James Jarlath Mosteller, John V. Williams


United States Consumer Product Safety Commission


Fred J. Looft, Brigitte Servatius


October – December 2015

Project Outcomes

Final Report


Smoke Alarms play a key role in early detection of home structure fires. Annually there are 357,000 home fires in the United States. These fires result in an average of 2,470 civilian deaths, 12,890 civilian injuries, and $6.9 billion in direct property damage each year. Working in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), we researched aspects of this problem with the focus of identifying whether a performance based rating system for smoke alarms would be beneficial to consumers in order to get better performing and safer smoke alarms into consumers’ homes. We made recommendations to the CPSC on how to continue studying consumers, smoke alarms, and to look into a performance based rating system and a features list.