“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, bio link)
What are some of the best practices and lines of defense in the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Preparation: Does the community know enough about carbon monoxide generation and the safe use of combustion systems to be prepared and to take necessary steps before the injury or illness occurs?
· Is there a consensus level for when emergency responders wear air support systems?
· Is there a consensus evacuation level for citizens?
· Are personal carbon monoxide safety monitors worn by all emergency responders who respond to distressed citizen calls and enter unfamiliar buildings?
· Are the buildings equipped with carbon monoxide alarm devices that are equal to the standards utilized by emergency responders for air support and evacuation?
· Since not all people are of equal health, carbon monoxide alarms & warning devices will be in all buildings where people may be exposed to any level of carbon monoxide and be alerted to levels equal to the compliance standards for emergency responders use of self contained breathing apparatus and evacuation.
· Is there a common practice to test all people with flu-like or other symptoms known to be associated with carbon monoxide poisoning? Are they tested for CO poisoning when the symptoms are presented, including those with heart dysfunctions? Are emergency responders testing victims with symptoms or those associated by vicinity to the carbon monoxide distress on site with non-invasive devices?
· How far away are the hyperbaric facilities?
· Are the combustion heating systems in all buildings tested and tuned regularly to reduce the inefficiencies and hazards of these systems?
· Is there an educational program for consumers regarding fire and carbon monoxide safety in place that begins in early childhood and continues through all ages?
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
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· 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
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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.
The Energy Conservatory
Masimo (See the non-invasive RAD-57)
Mahugh Fire & Safety
TPI - Test Products International