WEST HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- With another New England winter
fast approaching, officials from Kidde announced today the company is donating
700 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to the Connecticut State Fire Marshal.
According to that state agency, Connecticut firefighters responded to 3,000
carbon monoxide calls in 2004, with the winter months putting residents at
particular risk of CO poisoning.
Kidde is part of UTC Fire & Security, a United Technologies Corp.
(NYSE: UTX) business unit. UTC Fire & Security provides fire and security
solutions to more than one million customers around the world.
The announcement was made at a press conference today held by Rep. Stephen
Dargan who was instrumental in passing HB6894, requiring CO alarms in newly
constructed one- and two-family residences. Kidde announced that it will also
donate 100 alarms to his district of West Haven.
Outgoing Kidde President Ed LeBlanc emphasized that the donations will
help ensure that low-income families meet the new law's requirements.
"We applaud the leadership and foresight displayed by Governor Jodi Rell,
Rep. Dargan and the entire Connecticut legislature in passing this
legislation," LeBlanc said. "It goes a long way to protecting Connecticut
residents from the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. We are proud to be
able to assist the Connecticut State Fire Marshal and the City of West Haven
with these donations."
Officials from the Connecticut Department of Public Safety and the Mayor
of West Haven accepted the donations from Kidde.
Known as the "silent killer," carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and
tasteless. Only a CO alarm can detect the deadly gas, which kills
approximately 2,000 people each year, according to the Journal of the American
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 in the
U.S. associated with fuel-powered appliances.
In addition to generators, the burning of fossil fuels via furnaces,
fireplaces and space heaters are major generators of CO. According to the
2000 Census, 85 percent of Connecticut housing uses some form of fossil fuel
As a result, safety officials across the country urge all New England
residents to install CO alarms in all homes before the first winter storm.
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 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 products. 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 business unit of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) 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.