Thursday, August 23, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News August 23, 2012 - updated frequently

“Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.” Marcus Aurelius (121-180, bio link)

How do you know if your carbon monoxide alarms are working accurately? The test button you should push monthly only tests the audible sound circuitry as functional.
The more accurate response test would be to  put the product’s highest test point certified gas into a sealable container with one or more reference testing devices (like a slide or friction fitting clear, plastic bag). Reference the time and concentrations when starting the test and when the alarm sounds.

This sealed container retains levels above the lowest test gas concentration listing of +70 (U. S. & CA) or +50 PPM (EN) or above the next listed test point for their designated waiting periods. This could take between 10 minutes to 4 hours, depending upon how well the small, plastic bag is sealed, the gas concentration and the listing approvals of the gas's impact on the alarming devices.

How do you know if your professional carbon monoxide detection instruments are reacting to carbon monoxide between manufacturer recommended calibrations? Please reference the test above.
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News links
Great personal safety advice for everyone everywhere;
Winter, spring, summer or fall,  
Do not sleep in your car with the AC on or with vehicle running
Khaleej Times
Experts said toxic gases emitted from the engine like carbon monoxide could enter the vehicle through the AC vents and lead to suffocation. They affirmed that it could happen in parked vehicles, both new and old though the chances are more when the car ...

How I became living proof that carbon monoxide poisoning can ...
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (BLOG) Libbe Slavin
“As the Safe Kids Wisconsin coordinator, I teach children and families how to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and I provide CO alarms to homes with ...

This is worth repeating often, maybe every day
State urges caution in wake of carbon monoxide incidents
Oregon OSHA is encouraging employers to take precautions to avoid carbon monoxide exposure. This summer, employees at three Portland-area worksites were exposed to high levels while operating gas-powered equipment. Exposure can cause nausea, ...

Singapore announces higher air quality targets
Sin Chew Jit Poh
The MEWR said in the statement that by 2020 they aim to achieve the targets of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Air Quality Guidelines (AQG) for particulate matter 10 (PM10), Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and Ozone, and the WHO AQG's Interim ...

Combustion with Innovation, economic adventures, rewards and consequences
GE and Houweling's Tomatoes Unveil the First Greenhouse Combined Heat and ...
The Herald |
GE (NYSE: GE) and its customer Houweling's Tomatoes, a leading North American greenhouse grower, today unveiled the first combined heat and power (CHP) greenhouse project in America that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) for use in plant fertilization.

· 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