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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 #09CA38078

please contact Courtney Somers at or (905) 299 5273.

SOURCE: Universal Security Instruments

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