SOURCE: Underwriters Laboratories

December 11, 2007 15:22 ET

Winter and Ice Storm Safety

NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) -

WHO:      John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager for UL.

WHAT:     Drengenberg is available for interviews to discuss storm
          preparedness, what to do during a storm and safety in its
          aftermath -- such as how to keep safe if your audience loses
          electrical power. Helpful storm safety tips also are available at
, including advance preparation and weathering
          the aftermath.

WHEN:     Immediately and throughout the next several days as the storm
          moves across the United States.

WHY:      With approximately 600,000 Oklahoma residents without electricity
          for up to 10 more days, many families will turn to alternative
          heating to keep warm. Doing so could lead to imminent dangers of
          carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning if safety precautions are not
          exercised. The good news is that by following some simple tips,
          families and individuals can ensure a relatively safe storm

          This information is important not just in Oklahoma, but
          throughout the country. According to the National Weather
          Service, significant icing continues from the northern portions
          of the Central Plains into the upper Midwest. Additionally, an
          extended area of winter and ice storm warnings and freezing rain
          advisories continue to be in effect from the panhandle of Texas
          across the Central Plains and into the lower Great Lakes Region.

          At, 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),

          Ali King, UL/Rhea & Kaiser, 630-955-6623,

About UL

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Contact Information

    Joe Hirschmugl
    Global Media Relations Supervisor
    Underwriters Laboratories
    Phone: +1 847 830-1404
    E-mail: Email Contact