PLYMOUTH, Mass., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of the carbon monoxide
(CO) legislation sponsored by state Senator Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) and
signed into law today by Gov. Mitt Romney, officials from Kidde announced that
the company is donating a total of 700 CO alarms to fire departments in
Plymouth and Sandwich. Kidde is part of UTC Fire & Security, which is a
subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The donations were announced today at two separate press conferences held
by Sen. Murray, chief sponsor of Senate Bill 2152, which will require CO
alarms in all residences in Massachusetts. Governor Romney attended the press
conference in Plymouth and signed the bill into law.
Kidde President Bob Aquilino praises the efforts in Massachusetts.
"We commend Senator Murray for her leadership, and we appreciate the
foresight of the Massachusetts General Court in enacting this legislation,"
Aquilino said. "Governor Romney's signing of this comprehensive piece of
legislation into law underlines the importance of prevention when protecting
residents from the dangers of CO poisoning. We appreciated the opportunity to
work with Sen. Murray on this new law and to provide testimony on its merits,
and we are proud to assist the fire departments and communities of Plymouth
and Sandwich with these donations."
With passage of the bill, named "Nicole's Law" after a 7-year-old Plymouth
girl who passed away due to CO poisoning in January 2005, the Bay State become
the third New England state in six months to pass CO legislation. Connecticut
and Vermont also passed variations.
The importance of this type of prevention was powerfully demonstrated last
month in Vermont, when fire officials credited that state's recent legislation
with saving the lives of five people. In that case, the CO alarms had only
recently been installed in response to Vermont's new law. Discussing that
incident, the Killington, Vt., fire chief said, "There is no question that the
carbon monoxide poisoning would have been fatal to all five family members if
it had not been for the carbon monoxide detector."
According to Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, firefighters
in the Bay State responded to 2,739 CO-related calls in 2003, about 94 percent
of which came from homes. Known as the "silent killer," carbon monoxide is
odorless, colorless and tasteless.
Poisonings attributed to CO were unusually high in New England last year
as a result of heavy winter storms. The Consumer Product Safety Commission
reports that improperly used generators, often during storm-related power
outages, cause more than 15 percent of the annual CO poisoning deaths
associated with fuel-powered appliances.
In addition to generators, the burning of fossil fuels via furnaces,
fireplaces and space heaters is a major cause of CO. According to the 2000
Census, 70 percent of Massachusetts housing uses some form of fossil-fuel
For more information on carbon monoxide, visit www.knowaboutco.com.
As the world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products, Kidde's
mission is to provide solutions that protect people and property from the
effects of fire and its related hazards. For more than 80 years, industry
leaders, the military, airlines and firefighters have relied on Kidde to
deliver superior fire detection and suppression. Consumers will find that same
advanced fire safety technology in Kidde's residential and commercial smoke
alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and other life safety
products. Based in Mebane, N.C., Kidde is part of UTC Fire & Security, a
leading global supplier of fire safety and security services serving
government, industrial, commercial and retail industries with brand names such
as Kidde, Chubb and others. UTC Fire & Security is a subsidiary of United
Technologies Corp., a diversified company that provides high technology
products and services to the aerospace and commercial building industries
worldwide. For more information, visit www.kiddeus.com.