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SAFETY EXPERTS, TESTING LABORATORY ANNOUNCE DEVICES THAT DETECT CARBON MONOXIDE

 SAFETY EXPERTS, TESTING LABORATORY ANNOUNCE
 DEVICES THAT DETECT CARBON MONOXIDE
 CHICAGO, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) today announced the first listings of products meeting UL's new standard for carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
 The new standard requires that detectors sound an alarm before deadly carbon monoxide builds to a dangerous level. Exposure to even a low concentration of CO over several hours can be as dangerous as exposure to a high level of CO for a few minutes. These new detectors will protect consumers from high and low levels of CO, and will alarm based on high concentrations over short periods of time or small concentrations over longer periods of time.
 "These new detectors provide an added measure of safety over previously manufactured detectors," said CPSC Chairman Jacqueline Jones-Smith. "These CO detectors are as important to home safety as smoke detectors."
 More than 230 people die each year from CO poisoning associated with home fuel-burning equipment like furnaces, room heaters, and charcoal grills. CO can leak from faulty or poorly maintained fuel-burning appliances or can enter the house because of a blocked chimney or flue. CO in the home can also be produced by running an automobile engine continuously in an attached garage without proper ventilation.
 Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to symptoms of the flu and can include dizziness, fatigue, headache, and nausea. "Since CO is odorless and colorless, many consumers don't realize they are being poisoned; this makes carbon monoxide expecially dangerous and this is why the detectors are especially important," said Jones-Smith.
 Both CPSC and UL say that CO detectors should not be the only line of defense against carbon monoxide poisoning. "Consumers should, first and foremost, have their home heating systems, fuel-burning appliances and chimneys and flues inspected annually. They should be sure to operate any fuel-burning products properly," said Jones-Smith. "To help save lives, every consumer should install CO detectors near sleeping areas," she said.
 "UL and CPSC worked closely to develop this new standard for residential CO detectors. This is just yet another example of the federal government and the private sector working together to achieve new levels in product safety," said UL President Tom Castino.
 New detectors that meet the requirements of UL 2034 are expected to cost from about $40 to $100.
 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
 UL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has been evaluating products in the interest of public safety since 1894. More than 6 billion UL Marks appear on products each year.
 To report an unsafe consumer product of a product-related injury, consumers may call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free Hotline at 1-800-638-2772. A teletypewriter for the hearing impaired is available at 1-800-638-8270; the Maryland TTY number is 1-800-492-8104.
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