Flowers said the Smoke Alarm Advisory Task Force will examine the various research, recommendations and opinions regarding the use and placement of photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms in residential properties.
The task force chairman will be Robert Rielage, former Ohio state fire marshal and current fire chief for the City of Wyoming, near Cincinnati. The members of the task force include: State Rep. Joseph Uecker; Dr. Gary Smith, the Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Dr. Lindy Dejarme, a research scientist with Battelle Laboratories; Gregg Costas, a criminal and fire investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; Dennis Kovach, an fire protection engineer with American Electric Power; and Jay Troy, a member of the Society for Fire Protection Engineers.
“The members of the task force were specifically selected for their experience in analyzing and evaluating technical information,” Flowers said. “Their interest in the issue of home, fire and public safety, along with their integrity and widely accepted credibility, will provide us with a recommendation of smoke alarm protection for Ohio’s homes.“
Flowers also said new recommendations by some organizations have suggested the use of one smoke alarm detection technology over the other. Anyone interested in scheduling testimony or providing data, information or research to the task force should contact the Division of State Fire Marshal at (614) 752-8818.
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