Accuracy Counts When Choosing a Carbon Monoxide Alarm
MEBANE, N.C., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Last year 13 people in New York City died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and many more were hospitalized. Prompted by these tragedies, the City of New York has enacted a law that will require carbon monoxide alarms in nearly every residence, as well as in schools, hotels and hospitals. Kidde, the world's leading manufacturer of fire safety products, commends lawmakers on taking steps that will help to protect New York families from this lethal and silent killer, but reminds families that not all carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are the same. "Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and undetectable by humans," said Steve Gladstone, national president of the American Society of Home Inspectors. "That's why it's so important to install the most accurate CO alarm available, which would be an alarm with an electrochemical sensor."

A CO alarm measures carbon monoxide buildup over time, and alerts a family before the gas reaches dangerous levels. Manufacturers currently use one of three types of carbon monoxide alarm sensors: biomimetic, metal oxide semi- conductor, or electrochemical. Experts recommend alarms with electrochemical sensors for the highest level of protection and accuracy because:

- Electrochemical sensors are accurate for the life of the product. Kidde's Nighthawk CO sensor, which uses electrochemical technology, is proven to be the world's most accurate CO sensing technology based on claims by major manufacturers.

- Electrochemical sensors remain stable during changes in temperature or humidity.

- Electrochemical sensors resist reacting to other household gases, such as ammonia, that may cause false readings or reduce the unit's sensitivity. Avoiding false alarms is particularly vital, as residents may be tempted to avoid nuisance alarms by disabling or removing the alarm, which eliminates the protection they need.

"Kidde has been at the forefront of CO sensing technology for years," said John Andres, Kidde's vice-president of technology. "Kidde has experience with every technology currently on the market and based on that knowledge, believe electrochemical sensors to be the most accurate and best protection for families. We have been selling residential CO alarms with electrochemical sensors longer than anyone else and have used this technology in every CO alarm we've sold since 1998."

As New York City families begin to comply with the new law, Kidde is ready to meet the demand of this regulation. Kidde CO alarms are sold in more than 300 stores in the metropolitan area, and have the broadest range of features from which to choose. For more information on Kidde and its Nighthawk sensing technology, the world's most accurate CO sensing technology, please visit .

About Kidde

Since 1917, Kidde has earned a trusted reputation as the world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products whose mission is to provide safety solutions that protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards. Kidde offers a wide range of fire protection products including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, escape ladders, and other accessories. Kidde's products are sold commercially in the industrial and electrical channels as well as in retail outlets such as home improvement, hardware, mass market and other stores. Headquartered in Mebane, NC, Kidde is a division of Kidde plc, a leading global supplier of fire and safety products, systems and services that service the industrial, commercial, aerospace, combustion control and retail industries. For more information, visit .

About ASHI

Formed in 1976, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the oldest and most respected non-profit professional society for home inspectors in North America. Its mission is to promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession. Today, with 6,000+ members and 80+ chapters, ASHI's Standards of Practice covering all of a home's major systems are now part of many pieces of state legislation and are recognized by consumers as the authoritative standard for professional home inspection. For more information or to find a local home inspector, contact 1-800-743-2744 or visit .

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