UL GRANTS FIRST LISTING FOR SMOKE DETECTORS FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CONSUMERS
UL GRANTS FIRST LISTING FOR SMOKE DETECTORS
FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CONSUMERS
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- With the first UL Listing of smoke detectors specially designed for hearing-impaired consumers, they will now be able to enjoy similar life-saving benefits as the hearing community with emergency signaling devices that meet the rigorous requirements of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). UL announced today that two models of smoke detectors manufactured by Ventek, Inc. of Birmingham, Ala. are the first UL Listed smoke detectors for the hearing impaired.
These UL Listed smoke detectors incorporate a strobe light intense enough to wake most sleeping occupants. Other than adding a strobe light, these smoke detectors sound and operate much like conventional smoke detectors.
UL engineers evaluated the Ventek smoke detectors to the requirements in UL 1971, Signaling Devices for the Hearing Impaired, a UL Standard for Safety issued in June. Data collected in a two-year, three-phase research project on signaling devices for the hearing impaired serve as the basis for the safety and performance requirements in UL 1971. The research was sponsored by UL, Soroptomist International of Americas, National Electrical Manufacturers Association and U.S. Fire Administration.
According to UL Vice President Jim Beyreis, UL's evaluation of these signaling devices represents a breakthrough in safety for hearing- impaired consumers. "The value of working smoke detectors is unquestioned, and installing working smoke detectors is the single most effective step consumers can take to help protect themselves from dying in a house fire. With the new UL Standard and the first UL Listing of smoke detectors designed specifically for them, the hearing-impaired community can now increase their safety through use of these detectors."
UL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has tested products in the interest of public safety since 1894. UL evaluates more than 14,000 different types of products at its facilities in Northbrook, Ill. (corporate headquarters); Melville, N.Y.; Santa Clara, Calif.; and Research Triangle Park, N.C. More than 6 billion UL Marks appear on new products each year.
/CONTACT: Tammi E. Gengenbacher of Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 708-272-8800, ext. 2275/ CO: Underwriters Laboratories Inc.; Ventek Inc. ST: Illinois, Alabama IN: HOU SU: WB-OS -- NY002 -- 9606 11/11/92 09:05 EST