100 carbon monoxide detectors to be distributed to seniors

In support of a law enacted this year, Kidde generously donated 100 carbon monoxide detectors to legislators who supported House Bill 5284, which requires all residential dwellings that use fossil fuel-burning appliances or have an attached garage to have working monoxide alarms installed within 15 feet of every bedroom.

State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) was instrumental in the enactment of this pro-family and pro-safety legislation. Through his support, Winnebago County families will be protected from a silent killer. Ever year, more than 2,000 people are killed by carbon monoxide, many of whom are elderly.

Kidde donated 100 carbon monoxide detectors to Syverson in recognition of his support of House Bill 5284. “It is a great honor to us to make this donation,” said Bobby D’Angelo, legislative and government affairs with Kidde.

Recognizing the need for the carbon monoxide detectors in the Winnebago County area, Syverson is coordinating the distribution of 100 combination detectors and alarms with Lifescape Community Services and the Rockford Fire Department.

“I want to express my sincere thank-you to Sen. Dave Syverson, Kidde and the Rockford firefighters,” said Carol Green, executive director of Lifescape Senior Services.

Lifescape Senior Services will coordinate the distribution to needy seniors, and the Rockford Fire Department will install the device. “It’s our honor and privilege to be partnered with Lifescape Senior Services, Kidde and Sen. Dave Syverson,” said E.J. Dilonardo.

Syverson said: “House Bill 5284 is an important piece of legislation that can save lives. But these devices will not help anyone if they’re left in the box. That’s why it is so great that the firefighters and Lifescape are working together to ensure that our seniors, who are the most vulnerable to this type of poisoning, are protected. A special thank-you to Kidde for promoting this piece of legislation and for donating these alarms.”

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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