Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News, August 22, 2012 - updated frequently

“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” Richard Dawkins (1941, bio link)

Measurement is education, the provider of facts. Back in the late 1980’s when I began an earnest, daily testing of carbon monoxide atmosphere’s, the first published health & concentration warnings began at 200 PPM (parts per million). The notice said that you could expect a “slight” headache within 1-2 hours.

In 2012, more fire departments across the United States are beginning civilian evacuations as low as 10 PPM upon their discovery of the gas in a building and, universally no later than 35 PPM. The U.L. Listed 2034 carbon monoxide alarms begin alarming when the lowest published test point of 70 PPM has been in the atmosphere for at least one hour and allowed to wait up to 4 hours before alarming. Are we paying attention to these facts?

By the time the U.L. Listed alarm or the CSA Listed alarm (same as U.L.) or the European Standard alarm (alarms at 50 PPM after its’ selected waiting period), by the time these go off the people in the space have already been poisoned and the effects of oxygen displacement have begun. Consider promoting and using a low level carbon monoxide alarm and be alerted to the poison before experiencing symptoms.
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide from fire always a threat
Sioux Falls apartment fire causes dangerous carbon monoxide levels
Crews found high levels of carbon monoxide on all three levels of the apartment complex. Two residents were found on the third floor unable to evacuate. Firefighters moved fresh air to the third floor with high powered fans and protected the residents ...

Council passes ordinance to allow prosecution of carbon monoxide detector law ...
Beloit Daily News
The Beloit City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday that would allow the city to prosecute violations of laws regarding carbon monoxide detectors in homes in municipal court. Wisconsin law requires carbon monoxide detectors be installed ...

On the hunt in Northern Ireland
Over 300 faulty carbon monoxide alarms still in use in NI
BBC News
Carbon monoxide has no smell or taste and so alarms detecting the gas can save lives. When it enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs, and can be fatal if victims are not attended to in time. Sensor ...

Air quality's good in Saskatchewan
Regina Leader-Post
A 10-year report into the province's air quality reveals that, when it comes to the five major pollutants measured in Canada - sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter - we're in good shape. Kevin McCullum is the ...

Impacts of combustion are everywhere
As Carbon Dioxide Changes the Sea, Shellfish Biologists Adapt 
NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
The ocean is getting warmer, more acidic, louder and filled with the detritus of civilization. What effect these changes will have on the ocean’s inhabitants in the decades to come is unclear.

Adding in the costs of the consequences of use  
Cheap coal is just a delusion
Helena Independent Record
And the emissions from these smoke stacks are one of the major sources of air pollution across the country, including particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. Acid rain caused by the coal-fired emission of sulfur dioxide ...

· 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

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.
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