Kidde donates alarms to low-income families

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, October 6, 2005

WEST HAVEN, Conn.---Noting that a harsh winter is generally accompanied by higher incidences of carbon monoxide poisoning, fire safety products manufacturer Kidde this week donated 1,700 carbon monoxide alarms to be distributed to low-income families.
Gov. Jodi Rell signed a bill this summer requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in all new one- and two-family homes. Kidde gave 700 alarms to the Connecticut State Fire Marshal and 1,000 alarms to Rep. Stephen Dargan, a key proponent of the legislation, for distribution in his legislative district here.
Carbon monoxide, an odorless gas, is responsible for 2,000 deaths per year. Last year, the number of carbon-monoxide deaths was particularly high in New England.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that improperly used generators and the burning of fossil fuels in furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters generate carbon monoxide.
Kidde is based in Mebane, N.C., and is part of the UTC Fire and Security, a supplier of fire safety and security services. UTC Fire and Security is a business unit of United Technologies Corp.