Accession Number : ADA307087

Title :   Smoke Detector Operability and Reliability in Military Family Housing.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Dec 94-1 Jan 95,

Corporate Author : WRIGHT LAB TYNDALL AFB FL

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Richard H. ; Vickers, Richard N.

PDF Url : ADA307087

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : An evaluation of the operability and reliability of smoke detectors currently installed in military family housing was conducted. The evaluation was conducted at four different bases and included a sufficient number of housing units to establish a high confidence level in the predicted operability and reliability rates. The four bases surveyed were Tyndall AFB, FL: Columbus AFB. MS: Maxwell/Gunter AFB. AL; and Keesler AFB, MS. A total of 369 detectors manufactured by 12 different companies were tested. One hundred and eight nine were photoelectric. and 180 were ionization detectors. Three hundred and sixty (96.7%) were operative. Except for Tyndall AFB, all of the detectors tested were installed in the 1970s. One hundred and five (55.6%) of the photoelectric detectors were found to be less sensitive than specified by the manufacturer. None were found to be more sensitive than specified.

Descriptors :   *DETECTORS, *FAMILY MEMBERS, *SMOKE, *HOUSING(DWELLINGS), HIGH RATE, RATES, RELIABILITY, IONIZATION, CONFIDENCE LEVEL, PHOTOELECTRICITY.

Subject Categories : Safety Engineering
      Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE