New 'Smart' Smoke Alarm Helps Reduce False Alarms and Helps Save Lives

New 'Smart' Smoke Alarm Helps Reduce False Alarms and Helps Save Lives 
The first new smoke alarm technology in more than 30 years launches in Canada 
TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - In Canada, there were 10,151 fires over a 
five-year period according to the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire 
Commissioners, resulting in 173 deaths and 1,168 serious injuries. 
Unfortunately, each year fires cause serious injuries and deaths, while 
Canadians continue to either intentionally disable their alarms by removing 
the battery or discontinue the use of smoke alarms due to nuisance. The new 
IoPhic® smoke and fire alarm from Universal Security Instruments (USI) using 
smart microprocessor technology was proven to be more resistant to false or 
nuisance alarms than competitors. 
"Disabling smoke alarms after a nuisance incidence is a very serious problem 
and can lead to extremely dangerous situations for families," says Dr. Ehab 
Zalok, Assistant Professor in Fire Safety Engineering at Carleton University 
in Ottawa. "The best solution to protect your family is to install a smart 
smoke alarm." 
Understanding that you can not predict the type of fire you may have in your 
home or when it will occur, USI launched the IoPhic line to help protect 
families from fires as well as prevent nuisance alarms. Whether it is a fast 
flaming fire that spreads quickly or a slow smoldering fire that can burn for 
hours before bursting into flame, installing IoPhic smoke alarms ensures 
maximum detection of both types of fires from a single alarm. IoPhic smoke and 
fire alarms are very effective at detecting fast flaming fires and also 
respond very quickly to slow smoldering fires- up to 87% faster* than the 
maximum allowable alarm limit. Using patent-pending Universal Smoke Sensing 
Technology™, the breakthrough microprocessor is the first new smoke alarm 
technology to launch in thirty years and is ideal for every room in the home. 
"Installing the appropriate smoke alarm and keeping it properly maintained can 
ensure maximum safety for your family and ultimately save lives," concluded 
Dr. Ehab Zalok. 
The IoPhic microprocessor contains a proprietary algorithm that allows the 
alarm to differentiate between everyday cooking smoke, steam and, most 
importantly, real fires. IoPhic smoke and fire alarms are available at all 
Canadian Tire stores and online at or 
About Universal Security Instruments 
Universal Security Instruments, Inc. is a U.S.-based manufacturer and 
distributor of safety and security products. Founded in 1969, the Company 
has an over 40-year heritage of developing innovative and easy-to-install 
products, including smoke, fire, carbon monoxide and natural gas alarms. 
*UL217 Smoldering Smoke Test on 5/26/10, Underwriters Laboratories, Project 
please contact Courtney Somers or (905) 299 
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