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UVMSTUDENTS February 2005

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CO Detectors Available for Off-campus Students

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Thu, 17 Feb 2005 14:11:07 -0500

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The following broadcast e-mail from the Department of Student Life is
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Good Day Off-Campus Students,

The Home Depot and Kidde have joined together to donate 200 carbon
monoxide alarms to the University of Vermont (UVM).  The donation comes
after a carbon monoxide poisoning on January 31 at a nearby apartment
complex claimed one life, injured six others, and evacuated hundreds of
residents - many of them UVM students.

The Home Depot located at 105 Harvest Lane in Williston, VT, will provide
the donation of Kidde carbon monoxide alarms to the University's
Department of Student Life.  University representatives intend to provide
the alarms to fraternity and sorority houses near campus; the remaining
alarms will be available to students who live off-campus on a
first-come-first-serve basis, and will be distributed via the Departmen of
Student Life on the 4th Floor of Billings beginning Friday morning at 9
AM.  Please bring your UVM ID so that we can confirm your place of
residence.

"These recent poisonings have hit especially close to home as we have
employees who attended the University of Vermont and whose family still
lives in the area," said Ralph Jensen, Home Depot store manager. "As a
corporate neighbor to the University, we are proud to assist in this
donation and hope that it will help remind other members of the community
about the importance of having carbon monoxide alarms."

"We are more than happy to work with the Home Depot to help the University
of Vermont with their quest to keep students safe from this silent
killer," said Chris Rovenstine, vice-president of marketing at Kidde, the
world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products.  "The university has
already taken steps to ensure that every dorm has a carbon monoxide alarm;
this donation will also help to keep students that live off campus safe."
Following the tragic poisonings on January 31, University representatives
took action and began installing carbon monoxide alarms in residence halls
on campus.

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the leading cause of accidental
poisoning deaths in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Most poisonings happen in the colder months due to an increased use of
fuel-burning furnaces and appliances such as a fireplace, water heater,
space heater, clothes dryer and gas stove. Idling a vehicle or running a
gas-powered generator in an attached garage can also cause CO; the fumes
seep into the residence through doors and floorboards. The Consumer
Product Safety Commission reports more than 10,000 people die or seek
medical attention each year due to CO poisoning from a house-related
product.  More than half of those fatalities and injuries are due to CO
poisoning from heating systems.

Symptoms of CO poisoning mimic the flu and include dizziness, severe
headaches, nausea, sleepiness, fatigue/weakness, and disorientation. Known
as the "Silent Killer," carbon monoxide is invisible, tasteless and
odorless.  The only safe way to detect CO is with a carbon monoxide alarm.

About The Home Depot
Founded in 1978, The Home Depot_ is the world's largest home improvement
specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States,
with fiscal 2003 sales of $64.8 billion. The company employs approximately
325,000 associates and has 1,890 stores in 50 states, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, nine Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company
recently announced the creation of a business development operation for
retail expansion into China. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and
Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

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
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 serve the industrial,
commercial, aerospace, combustion control and retail industries. For more
information, visit www.kiddeus.com.

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