Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News - June 13, 2012

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Carbon monoxide poisoning, who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk of being poisoned by CO. Vulnerable individuals that would experience CO symptoms much sooner at lower level exposures and perhaps more severely in chronic exposure circumstances include persons with existing health problems such as lung & heart disease. The elderly, infants, children, pregnant women and their fetus are also more vulnerable than a non-smoking adult in good health.
Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
The use of personal monitors, air packs and the non-invasive monitoring of the blood COHb% are critical steps to help insure the safety of citizens in distress, fire fighters, incident support staff, and emergency health technicians. This use includes the documentation of all measurements for every incident. How much in air? How much in victim? How much from source? 

We are all potential victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. Taking the right steps and being properly tooled and prepared prevents additional injury and death. Monitoring the air in recovery areas where COHb and heart rate can be monitored while supplemental oxygen is administered might be crucial, particularly if combustion gases from generators, equipment or other vehicles are running. Constant COHb% measurement of victims can help with transport expediencies and hospital preparedness for required victim/patient care.

A low level carbon monoxide monitor, alerted to sound off as low at 10 PPM of CO or lower, followed by source identification and the corrective steps to eliminate or reduce the foreseeable hazard before injury or death occurs to anyone is paramount in any poisoning prevention strategy. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.

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.

Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems.

Carbon Monoxide in Science News
A New Leaf: New Catalyst Boosts Artificial Photosynthesis as a Solar ...
Scientific American
One group used this type of catalyst to split water into hydrogen and oxygen; the other one was splitting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen.

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
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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
Masimo (See the non-invasive RAD-57)
Mahugh Fire & Safety