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QUANTUM GROUP ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FIRST AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION DESIGN-CERTIFIED CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR

 QUANTUM GROUP ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FIRST AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION
 DESIGN-CERTIFIED CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
 SAN DIEGO, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Group Inc., of San Diego, announced a major breakthrough in Carbon monoxide detection: the world's first American Gas Association design certified carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
 Homes, recreational vehicles, schools, hospitals, factories, warehouses and offices can now be easily equipped to provide warning against the invisible intruder that kills or injures thousands of people each year. The new 9 volt battery-powered CO alarm is known as CO Star Model 9A-i.
 The CO Star Model 9A-i can be installed simply with tow screws. CO Star Model 9A-i offers the security of knowing that combustion appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, ranges, room heaters and fireplaces are working properly and not filling the indoor air with colorless, odorless, tasteless and highly toxic carbon monoxide (CO) gas. CO Star units should be placed near sleeping quarters, since most CO victims are overcome in their sleep.
 The key to the new level of capabilities is a biotechnology sensor which responds to CO in much the same way as that the human body. In the body, it is accumulation of CO in the blood that causes harm. Red blood cells pick up CO 200 times faster than they attract oxygen and they give it up very slowly. Thus, the CO content of the blood depends on both the amount of CO in the air
and the time duration of the exposure. The new sensor technology responds biomimetically (mimics the human response) to CO, overcoming the problems associated with earlier technologies. Put simply, the CO Star monitors the degree of hazard to people.
 Early warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the flu. Michael Dolan, M.D. reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine 1978 that 23.6 percent of those with flu-like symptoms actually had carbon monoxide poisoning.
 Carbon monoxide poisoning is also the leading cause of fire fatalities (often called smoke inhalation). In the many case the victims are overcome by CO before they can respond.
 Faulty ventilation of furnaces, water heaters or similar appliances can produce lethal amounts of CO which would never be noticed by a smoke alarm. According to a Mayo Clinic report, at least 1,500 people are killed annually by CO from combustion appliance accidents, and 10,000 others are seriously injured.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Goldstein of the Quantum Group, 619-457-3048/ CO: Quantum Group Inc. ST: California IN: SU: PDT


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