SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

October 29, 2007 16:04 ET

Mobile UL Safety Tour Reveals Hidden Household Dangers

Program Will Raise Safety Awareness Throughout the United States and Canada

NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global, independent safety testing organization, announced today the launch of its mobile UL Safety Tour.

The program is an interactive exhibit of high-tech demonstrations and challenges to engage and educate consumers on hidden household dangers and the value of the UL Mark on products in the home. Tour stops will include schools and home product retailers throughout the United States and Canada.

"Public safety is the heart of UL's mission," said John Drengenberg, electrical engineer and consumer affairs manager for UL. "We take consumer education as seriously as we take testing products and developing safety standards. The Safety Tour will help visitors understand how common household products are put through the rigors of testing and how this testing helps minimize dangers where we often feel the safest -- at home."

The UL Safety Tour, which debuts Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Evanston Civic Center in Evanston, Ill., will help families learn how to keep safe at home and in the workplace. The exhibit includes entertaining safety games for all ages, such as the "Look for the Mark Challenge" and "PASSMaster," a fire extinguisher demonstration game. Visitors also can watch actual safety testing demonstrations and help children work their way through the Fire Escape Obstacle Course.

"These opportunities are designed for everyone from grade schoolers to grandparents, with the intent of having fun while learning how to be safer at home," Drengenberg said.

Visitors will learn how UL tests a variety of products for safety.

"UL estimates that the typical household has more than 125 products with the UL Mark," Drengenberg explained. "The testing demonstrations will enable visitors to understand why they should keep safety in mind when shopping, whether they are buying toasters or electronics."

In addition to its Evanston debut, the UL Safety Tour will be at the SciWorks Planetarium in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Nov. 10. After that, it will travel to the Children's Museum in Charlotte, N.C. on Nov. 24, and then be at the Lowes Corporate headquarters in Mooresville, N.C. on Nov. 28 and 29.

Future tour stops are posted on the UL Safety Tour Web site. The calendar of stops will be updated throughout the year. To learn more about the UL Safety Tour, find a stop near you or request that it visit a specific location, log on to

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 21 billion UL Marks appearing on 71,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 66 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 104 countries. For more information, visit:

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