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 the deadly smoldering stage of a 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.

Media Coverage

News & Announcements

Newsnet5 Cleveland Follow-Up Story on Photoelectric Testing & Legislation

April 9, 2016

CLEVELAND – New safety laws are coming to Ohio Wednesday and it all started with a 5 on your side investigation.  We’ve been showing you the difference between ionization and photoelectric alarms for more than three years. Now, the state is requiring that all new construction have photoelectric alarms installed. Watch the story HERE

Technavio Report on the Future of Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

March 29, 2016

This report by market research company Technavio indicates the continued growth of photoelectric technology within the residential industry. “The photoelectric smoke detectors segment should expand at a rapid rate during the forecast period. Growth in this segment may be spurred by the reducing number of ionization smoke detectors. Photoelectric smoke detectors offer a fast response…

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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 detectors. 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 detectors.

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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Welcome to GetSafeAlarms.com. This website has been created by the North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association to promote the use of photoelectric smoke alarms, which, in our opinion, are the best choice to keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire in your home.

The North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association is a nonprofit organization of dedicated professionals devoted to fire safety through education and code enforcement. Visit our full website at NEOFPA.org.

Earl Lee Warning's message is endorsed by:

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