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CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IS MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE; CLINTON URGES AMERICANS TO LEARN ABOUT DANGERS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

 CHICAGO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The president issued a message encouraging Americans to become more alert to the symptoms and potential dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as how to protect themselves from this odorless, colorless, deadly gas. To raise Americans' awareness of the causes, effects and prevention of carbon monoxide-related health risks, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission declared Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 Carbon Monoxide Safety Awareness Week.
 "Millions of dollars are spent every year treating carbon monoxide-related illness," said Jerrold Blair Leikin, M.D., medical director of the Poison Control Center and associate medical director of the emergency room at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago. In addition to producing symptoms like headaches, nausea and fatigue, carbon monoxide is the country's leading cause of death by poisoning, according to the Journal of Toxicology.
 Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up in homes, especially during heating season, as a result of faulty or improperly vented gas or oil furnaces, gas water heaters and appliances, or clogged chimneys.
 First Alert, the inventor of the smoke detector, offers consumers a carbon monoxide detector that is battery operated and easy to install. The first such detector to receive approval from Underwriters Laboratories, it sounds an audible alarm when carbon monoxide threatens, thus providing necessary time to evacuate and call the fire department for help.
 Chicago is one of the first cities in the U.S. to adopt an ordinance requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all new single-family homes and in existing single-family residences that install new gas or oil combustible furnaces. First Alert Carbon Monoxide Detectors are available wherever smoke detectors are sold.
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 /EDITORS' NOTE: Expert sources available: medical, technical, victims./
 /CONTACT: Laurel Blair, Debbie Hanson, or Cathy Berner, 312-337-7773 or 800-NEWS-4CO, for First Alert/


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