February 27th 1992, my wife and I experienced the most amazing
feeling we could have ever imagined, the birth of our daughter
Amanda. It was love that was stronger than anything that we
had ever felt before. Through the years as Amanda grew, we enjoyed
every second, being involved with her school, sports and friends.
Amanda was our life, and she always knew how to make us smile.
As Amanda grew older our bond grew stronger each day, and there
was nothing we wouldn't do for her.
January 17th 2009 our life as we knew it came to an end. We
received a phone call at 8:30 that morning telling us that
Amanda was sick, so my wife and I went to pick her up from
a friends house. Upon arrival, we saw many emergency
vehicles around the house. We didn't know what was going on
until we pulled up behind the ambulance and saw that they
were performing CPR on Amanda. It's an image I still can't
get out of my head and haunts me every night when I try to
close my eyes. Prior to that night, Amanda had such a busy
week with school, work and other events. She asked us if would
be okay if she slept over at her friend's house and of course
we agreed, feeling she had earned it. In retrospect, the worst
decision we ever made! When we arrived at Mercy Hospital we
were told what had happened at the house, and then they explained
that Amanda had suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, and
could not be saved. continued...
Recall - This
recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S
with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13,
2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture
dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination
smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between
October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014. They are hard-wired into
a homes electric power. The il2010S and il2010SCO come
with sealed 10 year batteries inside. The KN-COSM-IBA model
has a compartment on the front for installation of replaceable
AA backup batteries. The alarms are white, round and measure
about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Kidde is engraved on the front
of the alarm. Kidde, the model number and manufacture dates
are printed on a label on the back of the alarm. Always
On is also engraved on the front of alarms with sealed
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monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because
it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes,
CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home.
At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects
that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms
include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea
and fatigue. Click
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February 22, 2010, a new law went into effect in
New York to help protect families from the #1 cause
of accidental poisoning deaths in the US, carbon
The new law requires the following:
CO Alarms must be installed in ALL NEW AND
EXISTING one and two-family dwellings, multifamily
dwellings and rentals having any fuel-burning appliance,
system or attached garage.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
recommends CO Alarms be installed in a central location
outside each sleeping area and on every level of
To comply with the law, CO alarms must be
listed to comply with UL (Underwriters Laboratories)
2034 or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) 6.19
and installed in accordance with manufacturers
CO Alarms should be replaced every five (5)
years in order to benefit from the latest technology
and upgrades. Also the Carbon Monoxide sensors inside
the alarm unit can wear out over time.
How many CO Alarms should I have in my home to best
protect my family?
# of Levels X # of bedrooms = (# of Alarms you should
have)Example: A two story home with a basement and
three bedrooms should have six (6) CO Alarms.
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