Over half of all smoke alarms FAIL.

That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? But it’s backed up by nearly 40 years of studies, and you need to know about it so you can keep your family safe!

I’m Earl Lee Warning, a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm. I will do the best job of warning you and your family in the event of a fire in your home – alerting you tens of minutes earlier than the other alarms. I’m your best choice for Early Warnings, and I won’t hassle you every time you burn the toast or take a steamy shower.

Almost four decades of research has shown that the most popular smoke alarm, which is in 90% of homes in America, is failing at an alarming rate.

These ionization smoke alarms are alerting tens of minutes slower than the other type, photoelectric smoke alarms, in smoldering fires, the most deadly type of fire. They are also more prone to nuisance false alarms from ordinary cooking and steam from showers. Get the facts here, and get safe alarms!

You're probably wondering: “Does it really matter which type I have in my home?” Yes, very much so:

Andrea and Dean Dennis
If fire officials had really understood the difference between the two technologies, like they're starting to learn now, there's a good chance our kids would be alive today.
Julie and Doug Turnbull
My daughter Julie died in a house that had 17 ionization smoke detectors – and by the time the very first one went off, three kids had died.
Read Andrea and Julie's story

Media Coverage

ABC’s Good Morning America Investigates Smoke Alarms

GMA Investigates, May 29, 2014

“GMA” Investigates conducted two demonstrations showing response times of smoke alarms in very real fire scenarios. When people buy smoke alarms, they may not know that there are two types on the market: the ionization continue…

WEWS: What to look for when choosing a smoke alarm

How to choose a photoelectric smoke alarm

When you walk down the smoke alarm aisle, there are lots of claims that catch your eye. In big bold letters the packaging says long-life battery, tamperproof and maximum protection. Our 5 On Your Side continue…

News & Announcements

NEOFPA Launches “Fail Safe” Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Campaign

NEOFPA is launching a new banner campaign to increase public awareness and to promote the use of photoelectric smoke alarms and will be providing free 4’X8′ banners to member organizations to display in their jurisdictions and continue…

A Professional Engineer’s Evaluation of the Smoke Alarm Test as Presented on Good Morning America May 28, 2014

“THE FIRE TEST: Excellent. Conclusive and informative. A major contribution to fire safety.” “THE GMA REPORT ON THE TEST: Timid. Incomplete. Cowardly. Leaves millions of children at risk.” “The firefighters within Ohio did their part continue…

More News & Announcements

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Help Earl spread the word!

There are a lot of ways you can help us get the word out about photoelectric smoke alarms. First, check your home and learn how to equip yourself with photoelectric units. Tell your neighbors, your friends, your families to check out this website. If you’re a firefighter, learn the differences between the different technologies so you can help your community be more aware of their options. And if you’re a legislator, educate yourself about this important issue and throw your support behind our efforts to enact and update ordinances regarding smoke alarms.

Another great way to help is to donate! Earl’s got a big mouth, but it takes more than that to get the job done. Help us keep up with the expense of spreading the word! Donate right here!

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Earl Lee Warning’s message is endorsed by:

Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
University Hospitals
Safe Kids of Greater Cleveland
Ohio Fire Chiefs Association
North East Ohio Fire Chiefs Association
South West Ohio Fire Safety Commission
World Fire Safety Foundation