Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News - June 27, 2012

“It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.”
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, bio link)

There have been enough studies and demonstrations that verify harmful levels of carbon monoxide exist in many more places than we have ever imagined before; just look back in time through this CO News blog. There seem to be more accidents, deaths and incidences where awareness and the presence of an alarm has made the difference in the outcome. Now that we are becoming more aware and share this awareness, we can expect to improve the outcomes considerably. It is of vital importance to document and record all test measurements.

Community CO Poisoning Prevention Checklist

 · Consensus evacuation level protective of all (AWARENESS: May be below the CO alarm activation standards. Must consider that a person of vulnerable health is present.)

· Non-invasive testing for COHb% when a symptom(s) is presented. (Awareness: Becomes standard operating procedure for emergency episodes and in health care proceedings. Baseline establishment of COHb% for all acquiring medical histories.)

· Hyperbaric facility or portable system availability (AWARENESS: The community knows and understands what this is and its purpose and that one is readily available.)

· Alarms & Warning Devices will be in all buildings where people may be exposed to any level of carbon monoxide. (AWARENESS: Combustion systems are just about everywhere.)

 · Personal CO Monitors worn by all service providers (AWARENESS: Protect and serve begins with the provider.)

 · Combustion Safety Testing of all Appliances Annually (AWARENESS: If you don’t test you don’t know! If test measurement is not performed, it is guess work.)

 · Education is all about AWARENESS: Carbon monoxide poisoning awareness education should begin as soon as the child is talked to reasonably about fire and things that start fires, plus additional classes at various age levels will establish the knowledge base of prevention. All service providers are required to have verification of a basic Carbon Monoxide Safety course. All service providers must have credentials verifying annual continuing education achievements regarding carbon monoxide certifications and those related to their field of work. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety; from, Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in a community 
Carbon monoxide in the news
Underground fire forces evacuations in Fort Lee
FORT LEE – Four Main Street buildings were evacuated Tuesday morning after an underground fire in an electrical utility vault caused high carbon monoxide ...

Superior Fire Officials Warn Against Carbon Monoxide
Superior, Wisconsin - Fire officials are urging people to use caution when using gas-powered equipment after a carbon monoxide incident Sunday, June 24.

Carbon monoxide group launched
Bourne Local
Organizations are being urged to join a group set up by a Liverpool-based charity aimed at raising awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Wilmington firefighters try to educate public
The News Journal
By targeting each community in the city every quarter, firefighters hope to significantly reduce the likelihood of injuries and deaths due to lack of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by educating the public about their need. About 150 people a year die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty, improperly used or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances, such as ...

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.

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.

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