Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News October 30, 2012 - posts updated frequently - Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day

“In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.” Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986, bio link) 

CO alarm standards - When do they sound off?

Who is responsible for the air you breathe? Do you know enough about the threats of being poisoned and impacted by carbon monoxide gas?

A driver in a delivery cargo van has a loose fitting rear door and the exhaust from the tail pipe is drawn back into the open-to-the-cab storage area, allowing this combustion gas and carbon monoxide into the breathable air. The driver’s COHb% increases throughout the day, even though they may step out of the environment for minutes at a time, all day. The driver’s reaction time diminishes, perhaps the eyes get a little heavy and “BAM” an accident; someone hurt, someone dead, property damage, disruption of the traffic flow and need for emergency services ensues.

If you measured the air for carbon monoxide inside your motor vehicle accurately, (or any vehicle that you might be in as a passenger) you will be educated on how often you and others around you breathe in carbon monoxide. Some of you will be shocked. Hopefully all of you will quit warming your cars up inside garages and enclosed spaces if you do this.

This isn’t just a one trip measurement. The more you measure in this circumstance, the more you will learn and the more you will learn to avoid being poisoned, though the threat may be constantly around you. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News links
1 dead in carbon monoxide investigation
Dayton Daily News
One person died and two others were taken to a hospital Monday night after police were dispatched to a residence stemming from a report of a carbon monoxide emergency, a Greenville police official said. Police, fire and paramedic units were dispatched ...

Winthrop School Shelter Evacuated
Finizio said that city employees responding to the school found carbon monoxide alarms going off and later confirmed that the gas was leaking throughout the building. “We're very glad that we moved everyone,” said Finizio. Finizio said the residents ...

St Mary Cray family in hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning
This is Local London
A FATHER raised the alarm this morning (October 30) when he found his wife and daughter unconscious suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning at their home in St Mary Cray. He was said to be groggy due to the effects of the gas but managed to call the ...

New state laws make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory
Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be fatal, but it's rare. It's most common when there's a power outage that lasts for a few days. This is what happened in Grant County back in 2007. A generator was brought inside a home for heat and three kids under age ...

Hot spot, fumes prompt concern at Bridgeton landfill
Troubles began in January 2011 when the Missouri Department of Natural Resources reported that data from portable monitoring equipment at the site indicated high levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide and low levels of methane and oxygen ...

Generator Safety is something everyone should know about, even though we may not be affected by current power outages.
Generator Safety in Power Outages From Hurricane Sandy
Install battery-operated or plug-in (with battery backup) carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home following manufacturer's instructions. Test CO alarms often and replace batteries when needed. To Avoid Electrical Hazards: Keep the generator dry ...

Farmers & ranchers alerted to CO hazards all around them; heaters at home and in outbuildings; pumps, generators & other machinery.
Protect yourself and employees from carbon monoxide
A two-pronged strategy is needed to prevent and protect against the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide toxicity
Emergency Medicine Ireland - By Andy Neill
Carbon monoxide is produced whenever there is incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. In house fires there's frequently more burning that there is oxygen so lots of CO is produced. It is thought to be the commonest cause of death in house ...

United Kingdom
National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week to launch in November
H&V News
Carbon Monoxide Awareness, a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, will be hosting the seventh National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. The charity actively supports the victims of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and also raises awareness of ...

Aviators – note:
(PDF) Federal Aviation Administration warning; Carbon Monoxide: a Deadly Menace

Carbon Dioxide earth atmospheric update levels;
Current Data for Atmospheric CO2

· 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