CPSC Participant – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About the study

The Survey on Usage and Functionality of Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Households is sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). EurekaFacts, an independent research firm, is conducting the study on behalf of CPSC.


What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this survey is to gather information on perceptions, usage and functionality of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in homes within the United States. Findings from this survey will be helpful for establishing a baseline for measuring future progress, and for providing key information for public safety education, code enforcement, and improving the technology.


Where will the interview be held?

If you qualify for the in-home interview, a qualified two-member survey team will schedule a time, convenient for you, to meet at your residence.


What is involved in the in-home interview?

This study will require a qualified two-member survey team to visit your home to ask you a series of questions about household fire and carbon monoxide safety. Both members will present their government issued IDs and their official badges to confirm their identity and legitimacy. A member of the team who is trained and certified to inspect and install smoke detectors will test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to see if they are working properly. The in-home interview will last no longer than 60 minutes.


I do not have a smoke or CO detector. Am I still eligible?

Yes. We are still interested in speaking with households that do not have a smoke detector or CO detector. However, instead of visiting your home, we will conduct the interviews over the phone. You will still receive a gift card from a major credit card company in appreciation for completion of the survey.


How was I selected for this study?

You’ve been specifically chosen as someone from whom we’d like to hear. Your household was selected at random from a list of households across the country that represent different regions and types of homes.


Can I recommend another household to complete the survey for me?

No. Your household was specifically chosen among a list of households that represent different regions and different homes. Your responses are unique and cannot be replaced.


Can I recommend a friend?

No. Households were specifically selected to participate in this study based on several factors. Unless the household was selected for the study, we are unable to conduct the interview with them.


How long will the interview last?

The in-home interview is expected to last up to 60 minutes. The telephone interview is expected to last no more than 20 minutes.


Will my information be kept confidential?

All responses are kept completely confidential. At no time will any identifiable information be linked to any of your answers. All information collected through our research process is grouped and reported anonymously.


What are the incentives for participating?

The participant will receive an incentive as a gift card from a major credit card company in appreciation for completion of the survey. Different incentive amounts are provided depending on whether the participant completes the in-home or telephone interview. The variation of monetary value is due to the amount of time and effort involved in the in-home survey administration compared to the shorter telephone survey administration.


What is the duration of this study?

We will be fielding this survey between fall 2018 and summer 2019 in 24 randomly selected metropolitan areas across the country.


Whom can I contact with additional questions?

If you have any questions about this study, please contact EurekaFacts at CPSC-alarm-participants@eurekafacts.com. If you have any ethical concerns regarding this research please contact Mila Sugovic, the Chair of the Institutional Review Board, at 240-403-4800 ext. 218, or sugovicm@eurekafacts.com.