Friday, August 10, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News - August 10, 2012 - updated frequently

“Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.”
Democritus (460 BCE 370 BCE, Bio link)

Welcome to all new instructors and meet the “not so silent” killer
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible but… many odors contain CO

There is not always an odor when CO is present, though you can smell lawn mower or auto exhaust and motor boat and other blended exhausts most of the time when they are running or idling. These odors can and most likely contain carbon monoxide though CO itself is odorless. Carbon monoxide must be measured with sensor technology designed for that specific gas.

This measurement includes the ambient air or the air we breathe and in the combustion gases of furnaces, water heaters, boilers, cooking systems and the other hydrocarbon fueled systems used around us every day. CO can also be measured in the human body by drawing blood and testing or non-invasively through pulse co-oximetry or breath analysis.

Everyone is vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide exposure. Some are more vulnerable as CO aggressively binds to hemoglobin in blood, displacing oxygen.
Carbon monoxide can ruin a good day. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety - NOTE: We start a new class at the start of this week which might delay the posting of new CO News links each day this week. Thanks for sending in news stories, concerns and your views on carbon monoxide, the clear and present danger. Please visit our sponsors; they just might have the solution you are looking for.

· Heart Rescue Now This link takes you to a very short video that is a practical demonstration on the proper usage of an AED. This video is tastefully done & demonstrates the step-by-step way one might be able to save a life.

· 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; don't leave anyone behind.

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.
Fieldpiece Instruments
The Energy Conservatory
IntelliTec Colleges
CO Experts
Masimo (See the non-invasive RAD-57)
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International