Monday, May 14, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News - May 14, 2012

“A good garden may have some weeds.” 
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, bio link)

Everyone is at risk of being poisoned by carbon monoxide. Vulnerable individuals that would experience CO symptoms much sooner include persons with existing health problems such as lung & heart disease. Elderly, infants, children and pregnant women are also vulnerable sooner than an average non-smoking adult.

Every day of the year carbon monoxide news reports from around the world underline the prevalence and common occurrences of accidental poisonings. Often these deaths and illnesses could have been prevented if the people affected were more aware or better educated in the realities of this deadly gas or used low level or personal CO monitors or alarms.

If combustion systems are already producing CO in concentrations enough to hurt someone and then struggle at venting, the danger increases; CO generation could increase and combustion gases will more likely get into breathable air. It is vital when verifying the safety, integrity and compliance of a combustion system that a carbon monoxide gas sample be evaluated as well the venting pressure of the exhaust gases. If the system is producing harmful levels of CO, the technician can make corrections to improve the safety and efficiency of the system under the normal working conditions it is expected to perform under. There are times however, when competing building pressure obstacles make the task more difficult. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon Monoxide Spikes at Columbia Nordstrom
The malfunction "created high levels of carbon monoxide" in the store, which was not open at the time, said Wallace. High levels of carbon monoxide, which is produced when fuel is burned, can cause faintness, nausea and even death.

Carbon Monoxide Survivor A website made by poisoning survivors that brings a view that can only come from those that know what it is like to have been poisoned - as well as live with the long term impact.

National Conference of State Legislatures
Carbon Monoxide Detectors State Statutes
Twenty-five U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Nov. 2011
Alaska | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts| Michigan | Minnesota | Montana | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York | North Carolina | Oregon | Rhode Island | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wisconsin | West Virginia

Google Maps to reference the locations referenced in these Internet headlines.

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The following companies are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.
The Energy Conservatory
IntelliTec Colleges
CO Experts
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute