Monday, November 26, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News November 26, 2012 - posts updated frequently - Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day

CO alarm standards know when you are protected

“Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986, bio link)

There is more to a furnace tune-up than changing the filter and removing dirt.

Outline of some tasks performed
•Follow manufacturer specifications and all regional codes
•Constant carbon monoxide measurement while in building
•Verify presence of working smoke & carbon monoxide alarms
•Combustion air requirements verified
•Gas pipe layout and sizing review, leak testing
•Vent condition & sizing verified
•Combustion analysis data/ appliance testing map
•Building pressure and vented appliance draft tests
•Customer education/exit interview and ambient carbon monoxide test
•Follow up from office/company representative
• Billing

Too many times appliances are installed or tuned up without testing.  Consumers have a trust in the servicing company and the jurisdictive bodies that monitor them. There are way too many incidences where combustion equipment is not verified. This may be compounded by the lack of inspection. In many instances the inspection does not require performance verification. In these cases consumers do not get what they are paying for. Bob Dwyer CSME, Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News links
14 hospitalized in San Francisco for possible carbon monoxide poisoning
San Francisco Chronicle
A total of 14 people were transported to the hospital for examination following a possible carbon monoxide poisoning incident in Bernal Heights, according to a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher. The incident at 1223 Cortland St. was reported at ...

The Kennebunk Fire Department says 2 people were taken to the hospital ...
WMTW Portland

Palmeri said when crews arrived, they tested the carbon monoxide levels at the home and their meters read 400-1,000 parts per million of the colorless, odorless gas, which is well above a hazardous range. According to Palmeri, a normal range is zero ...

Five hospitalised with carbon monoxide poisoning

Five people are in hospital, one in a critical condition, after they were taken from their Auckland home early this morning with carbon monoxide poisoning. Emergency services were called to the house on Jever [jeever] Place in Massey, around ...

Cooks everywhere, be aware
Beware of poisonous gases given out during cooking.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless gas often formed in the process of incomplete combustion of organic substances, including fuels. CO is a gas that can build up to dangerous concentrations indoors when fuel- burning devices are not ...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazards Rise in Colder Weather
Doctors Lounge
(HealthDay News) -- The arrival of cold weather increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can occur when gas furnaces, fireplaces and other heating devices don't work properly and release the dangerous gas into homes, ...

Air quality warning issued for Fairbanks, North Pole
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Air quality in North Pole is classified as “very unhealthy,” exceeding federal health limits for fine particulate pollution. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity. Others should avoid ...

Boulder-led study: 'Imported ozone' from Asia could be hurting air quality in ...
Daily Camera

One might reasonably assume that increasingly stringent air quality regulations enacted in the U.S. in recent decades would lead to a decrease in surface-level ozone pollution nationally, but a recent study, authored in part by Boulder scientists ...

EPA unveils new rules for managing indoor air quality
Taipei Times

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has promulgated five rules and regulations under the Indoor Air Quality Management Act which came into force on Friday as the nation became only the second country in Asia to ... The air pollutants under regulation include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds…

New zones plan may mean some vehicles banned due to emissions

Edinburgh has three official “air quality management areas” – the city centre; St John's Road, Corstorphine; and Great Junction Street, Leith – designated because of high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide from vehicle exhausts.

The lowest U.L. 2034 carbon monoxide alarm test point is:
70 PPM to 149 PPM –
resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours
Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions.

Increased education, awareness can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Minnesota Department of Commerce

SAINT PAUL, MN – Each year about 50,000 people visit emergency rooms in the United States for CO poisoning, and more than 500 die each year from this silent, odorless, colorless gas. As part of Winter Hazard Awareness Week (November 5-9), the Minnesota Department of Commerce warns Minnesotans of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and to take steps to avoid this “silent killer.”

Carbon monoxide kills, founder sends warning

Carbon Monoxide Information Website ... Carbon Monoxide Useful Links · Contact ... Get the Top ten carbon monoxide safety tips sent to your inbox:

Carbon monoxide toxicity
Emergency Medicine Ireland -
By Andy Neill

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

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

· Heart rescue video using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

· 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.

American Red Cross - disaster relief

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