Strike Two for First Alert

by John Gallant

David Boles,

I read your article “First Alert Cries Wolf” on the Internet about the CO detectors made by First Alert. What prompted me to your story was a show called W5 from CTV here in Canada. They were testing ionizer smoke detectors with a smoldering couch. ALL alarms FAILED!! They did not go off till 17 or 18 minutes after the smoke from the couch had reached the ceiling were the units were mounted. They to called First Alert for comments and they refused any kind of interview.

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