SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

March 08, 2007 11:44 ET

SOURCE ALERT -- No Alternative for Safety When Using Alternative Heating

Space Heater Suspected in Bronx House Fire

NORTHBROOK, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2007 -- New York City officials said today that a space heater might have been the cause of the fire in a Bronx home that killed eight children and an adult. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in product safety testing and certification, offers the latest fire-related safety information on its Web site that you may find helpful as you report on this story and other fire-related news.

At you will find vital, yet simple, safety precautions that can help reduce the injuries and property damage that occur every year from alternative heating, including space heater safety tips and up-to-date facts and figures. Also available is in-depth information on smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and how to escape a home fire.

Interviews also are available with John Drengenberg, manager of consumer affairs for Underwriters Laboratories.

Other resources in the UL Online Newsroom include quotable sources and sidebars, downloadable audio and video clips, compelling graphics and safety tips covering a broad range of topics. You also can search the latest public notices issued by UL on product safety, and contact our media team to schedule an interview with UL experts in English or Spanish. You also can register to receive alerts of newsroom updates.

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