SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

June 01, 2007 13:32 ET

SOURCE ALERT -- Hurricane How-to: Preparing to Weather an Active Hurricane Season

NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - June 1, 2007) -

WHO:      John Drengenberg, manager of consumer affairs for UL, is
          available for interviews to discuss hurricane safety and
          preparedness.

WHAT:     Interviews with Drengenberg to discuss how to prepare for
          hurricanes and what people can do to ensure their safety as they
          recover from a storm. Vital storm safety information also is
          available at www.UL.com/newsroom.

WHEN:     Throughout hurricane season, which officially starts June 1 and
          generally ends November 30, but can stretch through December.

WHY:      According to the National Weather Service, an "active" hurricane
          season is expected this year with a forecasted 13 to 17 tropical
          storms -- with seven to 10 of them becoming hurricanes. In fact,
          the Southeast already endured subtropical storm Andrea, which hit
          well before the onset of hurricane season.

          Hurricane conditions and aftermath can pose imminent dangers to
          storm survivors including floodwater, damaged appliances, natural
          gas lines and downed power lines. Additionally, increased use of
          portable generators contributed to a record number of deaths
          associated with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning during the 2005
          hurricane season.

          The good news is that by following some simple precautions,
          families and individuals can ensure a relatively safe storm
          season.

          At www.UL.com/newsroom, you will find tips on preparing for
          storms and safely surviving the aftermath, along with statistics
          and "things to know." Look for the headline, "Simple Safety
          Precautions Help You Weather the Storm(s)."

CONTACTS: Joe Hirschmugl, UL, 847-830-1404 (cell),
          Joseph.F.Hirschmugl@us.ul.com

          Amy McEvoy, UL/Rhea & Kaiser, 630-248-4390 (cell),
          amcevoy@rkconnect.com
About UL

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit 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: www.UL.com/newsroom.

Contact Information

  • MEDIA CONTACT:
    Joe Hirschmugl
    Global Media Relations Supervisor
    Underwriters Laboratories
    Phone: +1 847 830-1404
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