Travelers Educates Homeowners about Risks, Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  Travelers Educates Homeowners about Risks, Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide

   Consumer safety tips offered on; CO detector available at
                       special price from First Alert®

Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn. -- February 20, 2013

Travelers (NYSE: TRV) announced today a new Prepare and Prevent campaign to
educate consumers about the risks of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and to
offer prevention tips and resources for keeping their homes and families safe.
Through the campaign, Travelers reminds consumers that carbon monoxide
detectors can help provide a vital, highly effective, and low-cost protection
against poisoning. Travelers has also arranged for a special offer* from First
Alert® on the purchase of a carbon monoxide detector.

“Travelers is committing to helping you, your family and others avoid carbon
monoxide poisoning,” said Greg Toczydlowski, President of Travelers Personal
Insurance. “Fortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning can be preventable, and
these small additions to your home can have a big impact on your life. Simple
plug-in alarms can help detect if the gas reaches toxic levels in the home to
help keep families safe.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400
Americans die each year from unintentional CO poisoning with more than 20,000
Americans visiting the emergency room and more than 4,000 hospitalized.

“Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is produced
by the incomplete combustion of various fuels from heating appliances commonly
found in the home, such as furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves and
fireplaces,” said Ken Katz, Property Director for Travelers Risk Control. “If
homeowners add alternative heating sources into their homes – particularly
during these cold winter months – or use generators during power outages, they
may be putting themselves at a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. With
the right preparation, however, homeowners can help reduce exposure to this
poisonous gas and keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

Below are measures that homeowners can take to help prevent carbon monoxide
poisoning in the home:

  *Correct Installation: Have all fuel burning appliances and associated
    flues/chimneys installed by licensed professionals.
  *Regular Maintenance: Make sure all appliances are maintained and serviced
    in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions by a qualified technician.
  *Proper Ventilation: Ensure equipment and their exhaust outlets are free of
    debris or obstruction to allow harmful gases to escape.
  *Equipment Placement: Do not run engines or generators in closed areas or
    near openings into your home, such as windows, doors, garages, dryer vents
    or similar.
  *Detection: Install CO detectors that meet UL standards. Test regularly and
    maintain them in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines.

Travelers customers can take advantage of a special offer on a First Alert®
carbon monoxide detector by visiting Visit the Travelers
Prepare and Prevent section on for prevention tips to help keep
you, your family and others safe from carbon monoxide poisoning and to learn
more about common exposure symptoms.

About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property
casualty insurance for auto, home and business. The company’s diverse business
lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage sold primarily
through independent agents and brokers. A component of the Dow Jones
Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and operations in
the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland. The company generated revenues of
approximately $26 billion in 2012. For more information, visit

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Gary Griffin, 860-954-1371
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