Thursday, September 13, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 13, 2012 - updated frequently

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Instructors, ask your students...
Who is responsible for the air you breathe at home, at work, at play, at worship, or wherever you might be? Do you know the common symptoms of CO poisoning?

Could you help explain carbon monoxide poisoning to a young child? 

Carbon monoxide (CO) safety is everyone's concern. When Carbon monoxide is inhaled it displaces oxygen and sets a course for various resultant consequences of cellular asphyxia. CO is a commonly occurring gas produced where fuels like gasoline, oil, natural gas, wood, coal & propane are burned to generate heat for work, recreation, comfort & other human requested uses. Many fuel burning systems can be tuned to produce minimal levels of CO.

Some systems like gasoline and other petroleum fueled engines generate a large volume of combustion gases that can become immediately hazardous to health and life, especially when used in non-exterior spaces or within immediate access to interior space openings.

Personal CO monitor protection, baseline COHb references and chronic exposure protection  should also be included for those who may have an occupation where your service vehicle utilizes the vehicle engine or a generator for vehicle readiness and use. Prevailing winds, other people, buildings, or other idling vehicles are all considerations to note when carbon monoxide poisoning may occur. 

What are some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning mimics many common illnesses, such as the flu and food poisoning. The following is a list of some of what are known to be common and often early symptoms and effects.

This following list is not meant to serve as a diagnosis of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is meant to provide general information on poisoning symptoms. Always check with your doctor or health care provider and to be sure, get tested. Without testing it is only guess work.

·headaches · loss of hearing· dizziness · blurry vision · nausea · seizures

· vomiting ·cardiac arrest · respiratory failure · disorientation · coma

· rapid heartbeat · weakness painful discomfort · loss of consciousness     

Do you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or others? Do you have a carbon monoxide alarm? Do you need a personal CO monitor on the job? Carbon monoxide safety is everybody’s concern, but not everybody is measuring.
 Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News links
Olympic Heights High employee was exposed to carbon monoxide
Palm Beach Post
Two people were taken to a local hospital this morning after possible exposure to carbon monoxide in a blood mobile parked outside of Olympic Heights Community High School. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to the school in ...

Good Stuff – Gas Safety Week
Stay safe with gas and choose qualified service
This is Gloucestershire
Every year, thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can be caused by unsafe central heating systems, gas cookers or gas fires. Gas Safety Week, which takes place from September 10-16, aims to raise ...

Doing More
Clean Sweep Program Honors Local Advocate
Hansen has distributed thousands of carbon monoxide detectors in Western New York through a program dedicated to his daughter Amanda, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning several years ago. Hansen says "For me, personally, that's all I got.

How Sea Otters Fight Climate Change
Kelp absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping slow global warming. Thanks to the otters, according to a new study, the kelp can absorb 12 times more CO2 than if the otters weren't abundant. More sea otters means less rapid climate change…. Other animals have an influence on the carbon cycle, too, according to the study’s authors. In some cases, the impact may be large. But right now, animals aren’t included in climate change models. While increasing animal populations won’t solve the problem of global warming, the role that animals play is important. Restoring and protecting animal populations can help ecosystems sequester carbon more effectively.

The airborne acid test
Brisbane Times
This means the discovery will allow climatologists to produce more accurate predictions of how increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide lead to medium- and long-term changes in climate – affecting the intensity and frequency of such events as ...

· 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