Workshop for Survey on Usage and Functionality of Smoke Alarms and CO Alarms in Households

February 16, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland

This workshop involved a diverse group of stakeholders focused on gathering feedback for this planned survey. During a Vision 20/20 workshop on smoke alarms in March 2015, conducting a national census (or representative in‐home survey) on the prevalence and characteristics of smoke alarms was identified as the top action item among the fifty‐nine stakeholder participants. Previous work on this topic includes a national survey conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the early 1990s, which gathered field data through around 1,000 in‐person interviews on the numbers and types of smoke alarms installed in homes, the ways in which they fail, factors leading to non‐working alarms, and types of households more likely to have nonworking smoke alarms.

The purpose of this workshop was to gather feedback from stakeholder groups for this planned survey. Stakeholders that participated included representatives from the fire service, enforcers/AHJs, public educators, researchers, equipment manufacturers, standards developers, and others. The feedback gathered will help inform the questions and methodology of the survey as well as how it is communicated (i.e. what are the really important pieces of data that need to be gathered and included in the overall data set).

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