Monday, September 17, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 17, 2012 - updated frequently

“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.”
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, bio link)

Furnace tune-ups accelerate as colder weather moves in
Gas & oil furnaces and water heaters and fireplace chimneys can get blocked by snow, bird nests or accidental clogging and can result in carbon monoxide production and eventual poisoning. If you have a newer working, inexpensive carbon monoxide alarm know you are protected from high, deadly levels of carbon monoxide.

Have your furnace and other fuel burning appliances performance tested and inspected by a trained, certified and qualified professional once a year or before each heating season to each manufacturer’s measurable standards found in the instructions. You should receive a measurement report verifying what tests were taken and the result. Your heating service provider should be measuring for carbon monoxide in the air the moment they enter your home and continue their measurement until they leave. Their report should tell you how much carbon monoxide your appliances are producing.

A certified professional should have a variety of certifications and continuing education credentials available for consumer viewing. The real certification is in the work performed that is verified and documented. Don’t assume classroom certifications achieved by heating contractors equal work performed. The technician still has to do the work & conduct the tests. If they don’t or can’t, don’t pay for the service. Find out what tests will be performed before you schedule service. Lack of testing is dangerous.

Don’t wait until illness symptoms occur or until your furnace breaks down! Have your appliances checked at least annually. Get a baseline on your house and your family. BE SAFE! If you are sick, go to the doctor and get tested. If you are chronically ill with flu-like symptoms, perhaps you need a low level CO alarm at home and should find a health care provider willing to test you for CO poisoning when you present the symptoms. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News Links
Running car fills condos with carbon monoxide
MyFox Phoenix
18 condominiums evacuated from one car running. Four people were transported to an area hospital while three others were checked out on the scene after developing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. "I felt sleepiness, dozing was like 9:30 at night and I usually don't feel that..I usually go to ...

Barbeques are not made for indoor cooking or heating
4 in Kent family suffer possible carbon monoxide ...
Seattle Times Carol M. Ostrom.
Three children and an adult from Kent's Easthill area who may have suffered carbon-monoxide poisoning Friday night were ...

Parks Working To Comply With New Law
West Virginia MetroNews
Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a bill that requires carbon monoxide detectors in all hotel and motel rooms, long-term care facilities, dormitories, hospitals, child care facilities or any dwellings intended to be rented or leased. The ...

More stagnant, toxic air coming this week
The Wenatchee World Online
Schools closed, events were canceled and nearly everyone suffered coughing fits and burning eyes Thursday and Friday when air quality was seriously degraded by smoke from several fires. The National Weather Service has issued a stagnant weather ... Health officials are advising people to keep windows closed, limit their time outdoors, and if possible, go to an area that is not affected by wildfire smoke. If you must go outside, wear an N-95 or p-100 mask, normally available at agriculture supply and paint stores. Regular dust masks do not filter out enough of the dangerous micro-particles.

Air Pollution Emissions Continue To Go Down In Wales
Air Pollution Emissions Continue To Go Down In Wales. New evidence showing that air pollution emissions have gone down again in Wales, has been welcomed by the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths. Key findings in the ...

· 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