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Ohio Fire Marshal's Office Examines Home Smoke Alarm Technology

Ohio's fire marshal typically recommends that homes have smoke detectors regardless of the type, but he's considering whether to change that guidance after several Ohio cities mandated a more expensive style of alarm. The cheaper and more popular type is called an ionization alarm. The more expensive type is a photoelectric alarm. Fire Marshal Larry Flowers has created a task force to review research and testimony about the alarms. The panel is expected to make recommendations in the next few months. Flowers says he wants residents to be as safe as possible. But he says he also worries that if people feel they only have one choice and it's too costly, they might not get an alarm at all. Officials say most fatal fires occur in homes without working detectors.