Friday, May 24 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:44:52 GMT
Andretti Autosport has five cars in the top nine in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Any of them could win the race. The team has already won three out of four INDYCAR races this season. One of the AndrettiMore >>
I'm picking Marco to finally add another win to the Andretti legacy at Indianapolis.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:15:26 GMT
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500. With four women in the field, this year ties the record for the most female drivers in the big race. The rumbleMore >>
Could it be year of the woman? It's as good a time as any for a woman to win the Indy 500.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:58:56 GMT
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night. Richard Allen Moore died after he was struck by IMPD Ofc. Jason Rauch atMore >>
East side residents are questioning the safety of a crosswalk where a pedestrian was killed by an IMPD cruiser Thursday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:49:53 GMT
St. Vincent Health's restructuring announcement this week did not come as a surprise. The 22-hospital system currently employs more than 3,000 physicians and 16,000 other employees. St. Vincent CEO VincentMore >>
The St. Vincent announcement is really the latest installment by hospitals trying to deal with the uncertainty to come.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:30:44 GMT
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe. The eyes are on the cars, the part and the people at IMS. This year, more than everMore >>
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:34 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:34:50 GMT
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night. Now the Pacers are looking for a split on the road in MiamiMore >>
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:47:38 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Indianapolis - Will the smoke detectors in your home actually detect smoke? Before you answer, read what 13 Investigates has discovered. Our demonstration stunned the state fire marshal and provides more proof that the type of smoke alarm you choose does make a difference.
Over the past couple of months we've been reporting why it's so important to have a photoelectric smoke detector in your home. To make that point even clearer, 13 Investigates conducted a dramatic test to show the limitations of an ionization smoke detector.
It's called an aquarium test.
We placed some polyurethane foam from a couch cushion inside a glass fish aquarium, along with an ionization smoke detector (the kind of smoke alarm now in approximately 90% of U.S. homes). The smoke detector was brand new - straight out of the box - and it was tested just before the demonstration to make sure it had a working battery.
We then placed a soldering iron on the foam to create a slow, smoky fire inside the aquarium. Within seconds, smoke began to rise from the foam and, at that point, 13 Investigates placed a lid on the aquarium to seal in the toxic smoke.
Five minutes into the test, the aquarium appeared to be full of smoke. Still, the ionization smoke alarm did not sound.
Eight minutes into the test, the aquarium was so full of smoke that the smoke detector inside was barely visible. The smoke alarm was completely surrounded by smoke and yet it still was not sounding.
Moments later, a carbon monoxide detector inside the aquarium activated, alerting us to the dangerous conditions inside the fish tank. Still, the ionization detector was silent.
Eleven minutes into the test, the carbon monoxide level reached 215 parts per million. That's enough to make you feel sick and well above the reading at which firefighters are required to put on protective breathing equipment. Inside the aquarium, the smoldering fire was about to make those levels go much higher.
At seventeen minutes, it was over 400 parts per million. Twenty-three minutes into the test, the reading jumped up to 872 parts per million. That much carbon monoxide gas can bring on dizziness and convulsions and, over time, that level of exposure could kill you.
Twenty-five minutes into the test, still nothing from the ionization smoke alarm. But the carbon monoxide detector had reached 999 parts per million - that's as high as the CO detector would go. At that point, we opened the lid slightly to put a photoelectric smoke alarm inside the smoke-filled aquarium. It went off in less than five seconds.
After 30 minutes, it seemed clear the ionization alarm was not going to sound so we decided to end the test. We took the aquarium into the WTHR parking lot to remove the lid in a well-ventilated location and to get rid of all that toxic smoke. We could still hear the photoelectric smoke alarm sounding, but what about that brand new ionization smoke detector that did not work while it was surrounded by smoke? Once all the smoke was gone, we pressed the test button on the smoke alarm one more time to make sure the battery inside the alarm was still working. It beeped, proving that it still had a working battery.
Bottom line: the ionization smoke alarm did not activate while surrounded by thick smoke and very dangerous levels of toxic carbon monoxide gas.
But the test was not done just yet.
13 Investigates took that same smoke alarm and installed it a kitchen. (Experts do not recommend doing that for reasons we are about to explain.) We then put a few pieces of bread into a toaster and within two minutes - before our toast was ready - the ionization smoke alarm blared loudly. That's right, our smoke alarm sounded from simply making toast.
You might have a smoke detector that does the same thing.
Why will it sound quickly while you're cooking or making toast, and not activate when it's surrounded by deadly levels of smoke? Here's the answer:
Ionization smoke detectors respond to tiny particles -- the kind of small particles that come from a very hot, fast-burning, flaming fire -- or, in this case, from cooking food.
But a slow, smoldering, smoky fire does not produce tiny particles. It creates very large particles. Photoelectric smoke alarms are able to recognize those big smoke particles, but ionization smoke alarms often cannot.
That's why experts recommend photoelectric smoke alarms -- not ionization ones -- close to kitchens. Putting an ionization alarm in or close to your kitchen increases the odds of nuisance alarms. If you have this problem, do not take the batteries out of your smoke detector! Consider replacing it with a photoelectric smoke detector.
WTHR conducted the aquarium test after talking with Adrian Butler, co-founder of the World Fire Safety Foundation in Australia. Butler conducted the first aquarium test demonstration and has been trying to educate the public about the importance of photoelectric smoke detectors ever since.
"It's a real eye opener," Butler said. "It really shows the problem with ionization smoke alarms in a way that everyone can understand."
What kind of smoke detector do you have?
Photoelectric smoke detectors usually have the word PHOTOELECTRIC right on them. You might see a big "P" or a "blue symbol". And if you see the words "dual sensor," that means the smoke detector has both photoelectric and ionization built in.
If you don't see any symbols chances are, it's probably an ionization smoke detector. Those alarms are sometimes marked with a letter I, or other symbols.
When you are taking a look at your smoke detector, please make sure to check the battery. That's crucial.
And remember, smoke detectors do save lives. Adding a photoelectric smoke detector to your home will usually give you more warning in a slow-burning, nighttime fire.
WTHR has teamed up with HH Gregg to help you get a combination smoke alarm. That will detect smoke from a flaming fire OR a slow smoky one like the one you just saw. You can get yours at a big discount at all area HH Gregg stores.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>