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Medical Gas Mix-Ups

In April 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a public health advisory, called Guidance for Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Other Health Care Facilities.  This guidance alerts hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities to the hazards of medical gas mix-ups.  The Agency is concerned about continuing deaths and injuries resulting from such mix-ups.  The FDA has received reports during the past 4 years from hospitals and nursing homes involving 7 deaths and 15 injuries to patients who were thought to be receiving medical grade oxygen, but were receiving a different gas (e.g. Nitrogen) that had been mistakenly connected to the oxygen supply system.  The most recent incident, December 2000 in Ohio, resulted in the death of 4 persons.  The Agency's guidance makes recommendations that will help hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities avoid the tragedies that result from medical gas mix-ups.

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Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is notifying consumers and merchandisers that UL investigation has revealed that certain fire extinguishers distributed by American Products Company of Corona, California, may fail to extinguish a fire.  These extinguishers do not comply with UL's safety requirements and are not authorized to bear the UL Mark.

The extinguishers can be identified by the following markings located on the packaging or extinguisher:  "American Products Company Corona CA92879," "PARTS NO. 10.9110," "Made in Taiwan."  An unauthorized UL Mark also appears on the product and the packaging.  

UL is concerned that this fire extinguisher may fail to extinguish a fire.  Also, the unauthorized UL Mark may mislead consumers looking to purchase a UL Listed fire extinguisher.  UL encourages consumers who have the extinguisher to return it to the place of purchase.  Consumers may also wish to contact American Products Company at (909) 898-9840: 252 Granite Street, Corona CA 92879.  You may also visit their web site at

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has evaluated products, materials and systems in the interest of  public safety for 107 years.  More than 17 billion UL Marks appear on products each year and more than 18,000 types of products are tested at UL's five U.S. Laboratories located in Northbrook, Il.; Melville, NY, Santa Clara, CA; Research Triangle Park, NC and Camas, WA.  Worldwide, the UL family of companies and its network of service providers include more than 44 laboratory, testing and certification facilities.

Last modified: December 13, 2003



Smoke Detectors

Recent information has proven that neither ionization nor photoelectric smoke detectors do the complete job of alerting home owners of danger.  The ionization detector responds more quickly to flaming fires, like draperies and the photoelectric responds more quickly to smoldering fires, like a cigarette. 

Studies have shown that detectors which are built to detect heat may not alert home-owners of smoldering fires, where detectors which may alert you to smoke and smoldering fires may not alert home owners to flame.  When seconds count, the delay can be disastrous.

To be better protected, home owners should consider installing both types of smoke detectors in their homes.





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