Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

Servatius, Brigitte

Project Center

Washington, DC


Smoke Alarms play a key role in early detection of home structure fires. Annually there are 357,000 home fires in the United States. These fires result in an average of 2,470 civilian deaths, 12,890 civilian injuries, and $6.9 billion in direct property damage each year. Working in coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), we researched aspects of this problem with the focus of identifying whether a performance based rating system for smoke alarms would be beneficial to consumers in order to get better performing and safer smoke alarms into consumers’ homes. We made recommendations to the CPSC on how to continue studying consumers, smoke alarms, and to look into a performance based rating system and a features list.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted



President's IQP Award, Finalist

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences