Looking for info what the UL217 8th Edition Update is all about and how it effects Smoke Detectors? Well you have come to the right place!

There is a lot of confusion about the upcoming changes to the UL217 Standard for Residential Smoke Detectors so with the help of our partners @ BRK First Alert we have put together this page for our Distributor and Contractor Partners. Lets get started:

What is the UL217 8th Edition?

The latest 8th edition of UL 217 for residential smoke alarm device made many significant changes to the previous existing standard. One of the main requirements is to prevent false alarm resulting from cooking nuisance. Often this non-fire event will cause the user to turn off the alarm and thus disabled its true intended function. Another requirement is that new smoke detector needs to be able to differentiate between fast moving fire & slow smoldering burn. From the study, most furnishings in the past were of natural material which takes longer time to burn and has an escape time of 17 minutes. However, many new furnishings nowadays are made with synthetic material which has much more fuel loads and decrease the escape time to 3 minutes. UL, a global leader in fire protection & safety testing, announced these criteria as mandatory and to be implemented across all products in 2022 June as the final deadline.   Please note that this deadline has been moved from June 2021 to June 2022 and this was at the direction of UL and not any other organization.  These changes were implemented after National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, found that many smoke detectors were uninstalled or disconnected because of the nuisance of false alarm during cooking. For this new standard revision, a special 800-square-feet facility was constructed to meet these new 250+ requirement, which would be combined into 50 lab tests to ensure the safety qualities are met.  With these new requirements, new smoke sensors on the market would be equipped with advanced sensing technology that can differentiate a cooking event and real fire.

Where can I get more info?

Below is a CLICKABLE LINK to download BRK’s UL217 8th Edition Updated Brochure!

Our partners @ BRK First Alert have created this great video with more info so check it out!

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