Enhanced Smoke Alarms: UL Safety Standards 217 and 268- Recorded Webinar


This webinar will provide an overview of the new safety and performance features for enhanced smoke alarms certified to the latest UL standards that are based on years of research and development of innovative technologies; UL 217 for smoke alarms and UL 268 for smoke detectors.


Participants will learn how enhanced smoke alarms will address changing fire dynamics, such as shifts in fire/smoke characteristics due to changes in home design, building techniques and furnishings, and how enhanced smoke alarms incorporate the latest technologies that are expected to be in the marketplace in 2019. This webinar will explain the changes in the testing standards and explain how enhanced smoke alarms will improve fire and life safety in residential occupancies.  Presenters’ discussions will explain how these new alarms will be less likely to alert from nuisance sources such as cooking smoke.

UL has been a leader in facilitating the development of standards for performance of smoke alarms for more than four decades. UL collaborated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop the first standard on smoke alarms (UL 217) which was first published in 1976.


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the history of smoke alarms and their impact on reducing fire deaths and injuries
  • Explain the importance of safety standards for reliable and reputable product certification
  • Describe the changes in home fire dynmaics and their impact on fire safety
  • Explain how research and innovative technologies have improved smoke alarm performance
  • Be able to articulate the essential public safety messages everyone should practice about how certified, working smoke alarms save lives

Target Audience

  • Public Safety Educators
  • Code Authorities
  • Manufacturers
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Time Requirement


Web-Based 60 minutes Free

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