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UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES ENCOURAGES CONSUMERS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

 NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a colorless, odorless gas which claims more than 200 unsuspecting lives each year. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings are on the rise and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is encouraging consumers to take steps to protect their families from falling victim to this silent killer.
 "CO doesn't discriminate," explained Jim Beyreis, UL vice president and chief engineer. "Anyone with a fuel-burning appliance -- like a gas stove, furnace or water heater -- is a potential victim. Consumers should be encouraged to take steps to protect themselves, as the start of the heating season brings on an annual increase of CO poisonings."
 Other likely sources of CO poisoning include improperly vented fireplaces, the use of cooking appliances for heat, the use of charcoal in the home or in an unvented garage, and the presence of automobile exhaust in an unvented garage or home.
 A by-product of incomplete combustion, CO poisons its victims by reducing the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. CO victims experience flu-like symptoms including nausea, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, confusion and complications with breathing,
 "The best precaution against CO poisoning is to have a qualified service technician inspect your fuel-burning appliances at least once a year," said Beyreis, "The next step is to install UL Listed CO detectors outside of sleeping areas and near all fuel-burning appliances. You should, however, check the manufacturer's use and care booklet for detailed installation instructions."
 After installation, consumers need to properly maintain their CO detectors. "As with any appliance or power tool, CO detectors can't function unless they are connected to a power source," Beyreis reminds consumers. "The detectors also need to be tested and cleaned as instructed in the manufacturer's use and care booklet."
 UL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has tested products, materials and systems in the interest of public safety for 99 years. UL evaluates more than 14,000 different types of products at its offices located in Northbrook, (corporate headquarters); Santa Clara, Calif.; Research Triangle Park, N.C. and Melville, N.Y. More than 6.2 billion UL Marks are placed on new products every year.
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 /CONTACT: Holly Schubert, 708-272-8800, Ext. 42659 or Sara Payne, 708-272-8800, Ext. 43436, both of Underwriters Laboratories/


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