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Update: Smoke Alarms

Major retailers and DIY stores across New Zealand are stopping the sale of ionisation smoke alarms after tests showed they performed "poorly".

Ionisation alarms give much less warning of smouldering fires than photoelectric alarms, Consumer NZ's tests found.

They performed so poorly, the watchdog called for retailers to pull them from their shelves.

Mitre10 and Hammer Hardware said they would immediately stop selling them and PlaceMakers said it would "exit the balance of our ionisation alarms" over the next couple of weeks. Bunnings said it would sell its stock and then not sell more.

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