The new standard requires carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to sound an alarm before consumers are exposed to hazardous carbon monoxide levels, in order to help prevent harm from possible CO poisoning. The new CO detectors must also demonstrate the ability to distinguish carbon monoxide from other gases such as butane, heptane, isopropyl alcohol, methane, carbon dioxide, and ethyl acetate to prevent false alarms. A brief description of CO is: a colorless, odorless gas that is produced during incomplete combustion.
New Standard For Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Save Hundreds Of Lives Each Year
WASHINGTON, DC -- A new standard for carbon
monoxide detectors can help prevent the more than 200 estimated deaths each
year attributed to residential carbon monoxide poisoning (A more recent review claims
CO as the leading cause of more than 15,000 accidental poisoning deaths
in the United States each year and another 10,000 injuries according to the
Carbon Monoxide Medical Association) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) today announced
the publication of a new voluntary standard (UL Standard for Safety 2034
"Single- and Multiple-Station Carbon Monoxide Detectors") for residential
carbon monoxide detectors. CPSC and UL recommend that consumers look for,
purchase, and install carbon monoxide detectors that have labels showing
that the detectors meet the requirements of the new UL standard. These
detectors are not available now but should be available later this summer.
Other testing labs may certify and label carbon monoxide detectors that meet
the UL standard.
The information provided on this page is based upon the CPSC current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that may be caused by indoor air pollution and other indoor environmental contaminants. The CPSC have not reviewed or approved all the information and documents on indoor air quality that may be provided by other groups or organizations.
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