Kidde urges families in Oregon to kickstart CO alarm installation
Published on 1 April 2011
Kidde, the leading manufacturer of fire safety products, urges all Oregon homeowners to take active part in spring safety measures and install CO alarms at home.
The Lofgren and Zander Memorial Act goes into effect April 1 for Oregon families, requiring all one- or two-family dwellings, multifamily dwellings, or manufactured dwellings containing a CO source to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed upon sale or transfer. Rental properties and newly built homes with a CO source must also comply.
Odorless, colorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. The only safe way to detect this deadly gas is with a working CO alarm.
Sandy Giffin, director of the Oregon Poison Center, applauds the act, but is concerned for her fellow Oregon residents who live in existing homes - most of which aren't covered under this new law.
"The deaths of Kara, her boyfriend, and the Lofgren family show how serious carbon monoxide poisoning is," said Giffin. "With so many potential sources of CO in a home - from gas clothes dryers to portable generators, a working CO alarm is a valuable tool for early detection of a significant danger. I urge everyone to ensure they have a carbon monoxide alarm in their home. This small investment can save lives."
Nationally, CO poisoning kills 400 people and injures another 20,000 per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though, most poisonings occur during the winter months because of an increased use of fuel-burning appliances, CO poisoning can occur anywhere, to anyone, anytime of the year. Car exhaust and grills, for example, could create potential risks.
"Over the last eight years, we have heard from several people how having a CO alarm in their home prevented their death," said Kara's mother, Cecilia Zander. "It is incredibly special when someone shares this news with us. We urge all our neighbors in Oregon to add this simple but vital alarm to their homes."
Safety experts recommend installing CO alarms on every level of the home and in sleeping areas. CO alarms range in price from less than $20 to over $40, depending on the features, and are available at home improvement retailers and other stores. Kidde's Intelligent alarm offers smoke and CO protection in one unit, while reducing the chance of common nuisance alarms, such as those caused during cooking. All Kidde CO alarms last 40% longer than other available brands.
Homeowners should also remember to have their furnaces and fireplaces inspected annually and not use un-vented gasoline or kerosene space heaters or generators inside the home.
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