Smoke Alarm Study Participation

Why are we doing this study?

Previous studies have shown that commonly-used home smoke alarms often fail to awaken children. In this study, we will test different types of alarms to find out which one is best for awakening all age groups.

What is involved?

This study will last for two separate nights (about 5 to 8 hours each night, depending on how quickly the participant falls asleep). Each participant will experience four separate types of alarms; two each evening. We will compare the ability of each type of alarm to awaken the participant. We will also test the participant’s ability to do a pretend escape task after awakening from each type of alarm.

This study will be done in the comfortable private sleep rooms in the Sleep Research Center run by Nationwide Children’s Hospital located at 83 Outerbelt Street, across from the Hospital’s Close to Home East location on East Broad Street.

Who are we looking for?

Participants must be children 5-6 years of age or older adults 60-84 years of age and not taking medications on the day of the study that may affect their sleep or awakening patterns, such as some behavior (ADHD) medications and sleep aids.


For your time and any inconvenience, you will be compensated monetarily.

How do I participate or find out more?

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Veronica Moore, RN, at or by phone at 614-722-8790.

Study Participation Videos

Smoke Alarm Study Introduction

Thank you for your interest in learning more about our smoke alarm study. We at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are excited about the work being done on making a safer tomorrow through research. This video will give you a brief introduction to the study and how you can help by participating.

Study Description for Parents

In this video, we’ll take you through more of the details of what the study will be like for you or your child, when to arrive, and what to prepare for.

Study Description for Kids

A description for the kids of what it’s going to be like to have their brain waves monitored by the EEG.

Sleep Center Tour

In this video, we’d like to show you around the center to give you a sense of where you’ll be on study night.


Smoke Alarm Study Conclusion

Thank you for your interest in this study and in finding out more about what we do and how to participate.  If you would like to see if you or your child is eligible to participate, please feel free to contact Veronica Moore, RN, at or by phone at 614-722-8790.