Monday, December 24, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News December 24, 2012 - posts updated frequently - Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day

CO alarm standards know when you are protected

“Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.” Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805, bio link) 

Combustion testing and measurement
In the laws of fire and combustion  where fuel, air and heat are required to be within specific ranges for complete combustion to occur, if you take one of the components away, combustion stops. If air and fuel are not proportioned exactly through the heat or the flame then the quality of combustion degrades.

A heating technician or a boiler engineer measures fuel pressure,  combustion gas temperature and content for oxygen, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and the exiting combustion gas pressure. They also measure the electric currents for system operation, including fan controls. If the system has ducted air delivery, they will include those measurement verifications of pressure, temperature and airflow as well. The heating technician monitors the systems controls to ensure the air fuel mixtures satisfy the requirements of complete combustion.

A heating contractor or boiler engineer may be diagnosing  a fuel fired heating system that is operating with restrictions, producing no heat, interrupted operation, has a noise or smells or there is an overall lack of comfort felt by the customer. Combustion analysis might determine an incorrect % oxygen or temperature in the exhaust gas resulting in efficiency losses and perhaps unsafe levels of carbon monoxide generation. Testing the results of combustion through analysis can help assure safe and efficient performance. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News Links
Fresno family escapes carbon monoxide scare
Firefighters went to the home and found elevated levels of carbon monoxide. They say the family used the fireplace last night and closed the damper before going to bed. But that allowed the ashes to generate enough heat to produce the potentially ...

The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is:
70 PPM to 149 PPM – res
ist 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

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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 CO-Experts Model 2014 Brochure
Masimo (See the non-invasive RAD-57)
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International