Sunday, September 30, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 30, 2012

“As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.” Zachary Scott (1914-1965, bio link)

Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Carbon monoxide protection; everyone should have it.
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

From the desk of Fire Marshal Fred Baker
Newcanaannewsonline
When we use our furnaces and stoves and spend more time indoors, we are at increased risk of exposure to carbon monoxide: an odorless, colorless gas. Every year, hundreds of people die from exposure to carbon monoxide -- deaths that could easily be ...

Fire officials: man dead after carbon monoxide filled apartment
WFTV Orlando
Fire officials said carbon monoxide filled the man's apartment after he apparently left his car running inside his garage, Friday night. Investigators believe the man's death was an accident. One resident told WFTV that authorities evacuated the entire ...

A family of 7 is rushed to the hospital after a possible carbon monoxide ...
WXYZ
DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - Scary moments for a family of seven after a possible carbon monoxide poisoning scare. The six children who were in the home range in age from 1-years-old to 12-years-old. Nicole Jackson barely managed to get her kids out of the ...

Good stuff
Techs keep homes warm, safe
Columbus Dispatch
Volunteers from Airtron Heating and Air Conditioning inspected Freeman's furnace to make sure it's ready to keep him warm this winter, and his carbon-monoxide detectors to make sure he'll be warned of the poisonous gas. The men were among about 150 ...

Philippines
DoTC hit for easing emission standards
Inquirer.net
“In 2005, DoTC required the testing of four gases, namely, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and oxygen. Today, the new DoTC order has gone back to three gases, removing carbon dioxide, instead of going up to six to include nitrogen oxide ...

Phoenix makes list of America's Dirtiest Cities
AZFamily

The publication notes that the Valley's air quality detracts from the quality of life, as Phoenix came in at number seven on the American Lung Association's list of the most air-polluted cities. Travel and Leisure also suggests that the poor air ...

A Brief History of Mechanical Horses
The Atlantic
Once steam power and internal combustion came along, though, that relationship changed drastically. As horses were eclipsed by more efficient methods of moving people and things -- trains, cars, planes -- their role in human culture shifted, as well.

Pollution vacuum cleaner
How your T-shirt could reduce pollution
The Week Magazine
CatClo is an in-development laundry additive that could help your T-shirt remove up to 5 grams of nitrogen dioxide per day from the air — close to the amount the average family car emits. Photo: ThinkStock/Ingram Publishing. Cleaning up the pollution ...

· 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

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 29, 2012 - updated frequently

“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910, bio link)

CO News links; updated
Workers poisoned at farm
Delhi News Record
Two seasonal workers were taken to the hospital Wednesday after they w ere exposed to carbon monoxide. Norfolk County paramedics responded to a report of carbon monoxide poisoning at Strawberry Tyme Farms Inc. on St. Johns Road West at about 9:50 ...

Spare the Air declared for Saturday
San Francisco Chronicle
The warm weather prediction also prompted air quality officials to issue the month's first Spare the Air Alert for Saturday. Residents are asked to avoid driving their cars or using oil-based paints, gasoline-powered lawn mowers or household aerosol ...

"carbon-dioxide poisoning" - do you think they meant "carbon monoxide'?
Transit drivers treated for carbon-dioxide poisoning
Kamloops This Week
A HandyDart bus has been returned to Ford for the second time this month after two of its drivers were treated at Royal Inland Hospital for carbon-dioxide poisoning. Maribeth Burton, spokeswoman for B.C. Transit, said a male and female driver were ...

Detector, concerned neighbor save couple
Jamestown Sun By: Kari Lucin,
The beep of a carbon monoxide detector can save lives, as Josh and Jeannie Walker of Jamestown learned when their furnace pumped the poisonous gas into their rented duplex in March.

New group gangs up on carbon monoxide as heating season starts ...
The Gazette – Colorado Springs
Feeling a tad lethargic and dizzy, with a lingering headache and nausea? Don't run to the medicine cabinet. Run out of the house and head to the ER.

Ask the Inspector: Furnace inspections
Leader-Telegram
Devices added to furnace vents several decades ago were intended to improve energy-efficiency, but are becoming carbon monoxide hazards. Located in the vent pipe leading away from furnaces, these thermal vent dampers have little metal fins in them that ...

Our survival depends on fighting climate change
High Country News
If we do nothing to stop carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere, the Earth will face a future similar to that of Mars, becoming barren and lifeless. When World War II was thrust on us, we turned our economic system into a war machine as every ...

Australia joins UN-led climate coalition
Reuters
"The science suggests that acting quickly to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, which are more potent than carbon dioxide, has the potential to slow down warming by 2050," Mark Dreyfus, Australia's parliamentary secretary for climate change, said ...

· 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

Friday, September 28, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 28, 2012 - updated frequently

“It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, bio link)

Reality show – not on television but maybe in your home
Residents urged to check carbon monoxide, smoke detectors
Steamboat Pilot & Today
Steamboat Springs — As the nights get colder and residents begin turning on the heat, local fire chiefs are encouraging everyone to make sure their furnaces and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. On Thursday morning, a North Routt County family tested positive for exposure to carbon monoxide possibly from the furnace the family started using a week ago. North Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bob Reilley said that a CO detector went off at the home Wednesday night and that the family members had classic symptoms of CO poisoning such as headaches and nausea. Another typical symptom of CO poisoning is feeling tired, which can be deadly if a victim falls asleep.

Heed the warnings, get carbon monoxide protection
Coroner calls for all rented homes to have carbon monoxide alarms after death ...
This is Grimsby
A CORONER has urged that all rented properties are fitted with carbon monoxide alarms after a Cleethorpes woman was killed by a leak of the deadly gas. Elaine Coley died from inhaling exceptionally high levels of gas leaked from a portable heater she ... "That's the simplest and most effective way of preventing future fatalities. If her neighbour had not had one, this could have been even worse than it is."

CO Safety Week in Ireland continues with message of prevention
OFTEC Highlights lack of awareness of carbon monoxide in the home
Offaly Express
“We fully support the Carbon Monoxide Awareness campaign and the key message is that all fossil fuel burning appliances should be serviced annually. Consumers should always use an OFTEC Registered Technician as they have a flue gas analyser that ...

Air quality news links; the proof is in the measurements
UCLA researchers say last year's Carmageddon improved air quality
Los Angeles Times Matt Stevens
Air quality near the closed 10-mile portion of the freeway reached levels 83% better than typical weekends, according to research released Friday by a team at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. More striking, the researchers say, air quality also improved 75% in parts of West Los Angeles and Santa Monica, suggesting that whole swaths of residents stayed off the road in those areas. Overall, air quality across the region was 25% better than normal.

Electric vehicles in cities will dramatically improve air quality
Electrical Portal
If electric vehicles are used appropriately in big conurbations, it could help to improve air quality, says Europe's biggest professional engineers' body. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) submitted evidence to the Transport Select ...

Indoor carbon dioxide levels – too stuffy, impairing
Could weatherization be harmful to human health?
Alaska Dispatch
Going for a walk might clear your head for chemical reasons you never imagined. A small, new study reported by the National Institutes of Health indicates that carbon dioxide accumulations in your office or home could be seriously muddling brain function. Their study, in the NIH magazine Environmental Health Perspectives, goes so far as to warn "direct adverse effects of CO2 on human performance may be economically important and may limit energy-saving reductions in outdoor air ventilation per person in buildings."

· 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

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 27, 2012 - updated frequently

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living.” Bruce Barton (1886-1967, bio link)

CO News links
Reads like a gas leak and a carbon monoxide poisoning
West Virginia Boy Helps Family Escape Propane Leak
Firehouse.com
Brookhaven volunteer firefighters detected carbon monoxide throughout the house, Kelly said. Some of the worst levels were right next to the baby's room. Firefighters told them they wouldn't have survived the night if Jacob hadn't alerted them to the ...

Cooperation is a key to safety in a community
Operation Save A Life Campaign
Patch.com
The Center Groton Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to thank WTNH-TV, Kidde and The Home Depot, for a program called Operation Save A Life, as a commitment to promote fire and carbon monoxide safety. Fire fatalities are often ...

Air quality news links
'U Of M' Grad Student Researches Pollution Effects On Cyclists
CBS Minnesota Local

Living near highway drives up kids' asthma
Futurity: Research News


America's Ten Dirtiest Cities
KNUJ Southern Minnesota


· 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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 26, 2012 - updated frequently

“Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.” Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, bio link)

A look at a few carbon monoxide alarm standards

U.L. 2034 and CSA 6.19 (United States & Canada)
· 30     PPM CO and under, no visual display allowed,

· 30+   PPM CO – 70 PPM visual display allowed, no alarm test point

· 70+   PPM CO and under 150 PPM of CO; test point, resist one hour but must alarm in four hours.

· 150+ PPM CO and under 400 PPM of CO; test point, resist alarming for 10 minutes but must alarm before 50 minutes.

· 400+ PPM CO and higher; test point, resist alarming for four minutes but must alarm before 15 minutes.

 The European Standard - EN50291 For Carbon Monoxide Alarms
· 30 PPM CO, the alarm must resist for at least 120 minutes when over this level

· 50 PPM CO, the alarm must resist for the first 60 minutes but must activate before 90 minutes

· 100 PPM CO, the alarm must resist for the first 10 minutes but must activate before 40 minutes

· 300 PPM CO, the alarm must activate within 3 minutes

There are some safety benefits in  the European Standard - EN50291 For Carbon Monoxide Alarms over the U.L. 2034 and CSA 6.19 Standards for Carbon Monoxide Alarms include:

· Permitted to visually display any level of CO (U.L. & CSA listed units are not allowed to display under 30 PPM)

· Allowed to alarm above 30 PPM if level remains after 2 hours

· Near immediate warnings (immediate detection & response) are permitted above 300 PPM. (U.L. & CSA listed units must resist alarming for 10 minutes, but must alarm after one hour.)

If you are of vulnerable health or don't want to be  and require protection at levels not supplied by the alarms criteria listed above, please note the criteria of an alarm type that will alert you to lower levels of the poison, and before you would begin to experience health consequences.

The following is a  description of the digital display and audible response information on the CO Experts low level CO alarm, with an acid based electrochemical sensor technology. These visual and alarm announcements are in real time. There is no waiting period; the alarm sounds when these levels are reached.

·     0-6 PPM CO     No warnings; no display, no alarm

·      7+ PPM CO       Visual display of PPM concentration changes

· 10-24 PPM CO     One series of beeps [4+4+4+] – once every 60 seconds

· 25-34 PPM CO -   One series of beep sequence every 30 seconds

· 35-49 PPM CO -   One series of beep sequence every 20 seconds

· 50-69 PPM CO -   One series of beep sequence every 10 seconds

· 70 PPM & HI -      One series of beep sequence every 6 seconds
 
· HI - HI means goodbye, get out, what are you still doing here?
This unit does not display anything but HI when the concentration is over 70 PPM CO.

There are news stories found within the archives  of this blog that reveal the following list of symptoms and some others, were experienced by those victims who were glad they had a carbon monoxide alarm that alerted them to the poisoning, but note that there were illness symptoms experienced prior to the alarm sounding, anywhere from hours, to months, to years. Please reference Carbon Monoxide Survivor.

Don’t ignore those symptoms  of carbon monoxide poisoning that include headache, confusion, nausea, depression, weakness, light-headedness, shortness of breath, heart distresses and vomiting. Ask to be tested for carbon monoxide poisoning. These are some of the known symptoms.

Protect yourself and others from CO poisoning after you decide when you’d like to begin protection. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News links
Millbury Fire Dept.: Check Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The Daily Voice
MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury Fire Department has seen a recent rash of carbon monoxide detectors giving a false alarms. This could be the result of detectors reaching the end of their useful lives, according to Asst. Fire Chief Rich Hamilton, who ...

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week continues as figures show up to 11000 gas ...
Insideireland.ie
Carbon Monoxide Awareness week continues with some important advice, while the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors of Ireland, APHCI, say up to 11,000 gas boilers were illegally installed last year and subject to no regulation, with no ...

Be aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide
CJOB
As the heating season approaches, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is reminding citizens to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas that is released when heating oil, gasoline, diesel, ...

Donation to aid fire safety awareness
InsideHalton.com
The Milton Fire Department (MFD) has received a $2,500 donation from Union Gas that will be dedicated toward carbon monoxide education and safety. MFD will use the donation from Union Gas in conjunction with upcoming Fire Prevention Week (October 7 ...

· 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

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 25, 2012 - updated frequently

“Life’s #1 Blessing is offered by every Child, to Love, to HUG, to Nourish, to Enrich, to Educate, to Inspire, and to Encourage in every endeavor and guide toward a HEALTHY & HAPPY LIFE.” George Kerr (1933 - info)

Today’s posted CO news links reflect recent postings where the suggestions for carbon monoxide safety and poisoning prevention include:

· Remember to have carbon monoxide protection  and notification, at least from the high levels of 70 PPM and higher, but low level protection beginning over 5 PPM is best.

· Remember to make sure your CO alarms have power  via battery or direct electrical current or both if required.

· Do not use gas ovens  or other combustion systems that are not intended for heating  as a heating source. It is recommended to exhaust oven and cooking gases out of the living space.

· Take note of upsetting health symptoms  you are experiencing or that more than one of you living or working in the same space may be.

Safety Note: The exhaust fan used to remove gas cooking gasses out of the breathable air may exert enough reverse pressure through air being forced out of the living space, that it might interfere with the exhaust pressure on atmospherically vented appliances, listed as Category I – those with a non positive vent pressure. Building pressure testing and verification is vital to the safe performance of this combustion equipment. The more exhaust fans, the more foreseeable venting problems (that have solutions).

Carbon monoxide poisoning kills  a man and children , almost kills while a woman warms herself and disguises itself as food poisoning where it almost kills again. These are the stories. Help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Please heed the warnings.
 Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Victims suspected illness caused by something they ate
Little feline becomes life saver
Mansfield News Journal
Michelle and Rod Ramsey, of Williamsport in Morrow County, are letting their cat, Tiger, on the couch now after he awakened them last week when their house became filled with carbon monoxide. "We actually thought we had food poisoning," Rod said. "We had some spaghetti that was about a week and a half old."

Woman poisoned with carbon monoxide after using gas range to heat ...
kmov.com
The weather is starting to get cooler in St. Louis and one woman learned the hard way how dangerous it is to heat your home with your gas stove/oven.

No batteries in alarms, August follow up 
Cameron, Mo., deaths from carbon monoxide
Kansas City Star
A man and his two children found dead in a Cameron, Mo., home in August were killed by carbon monoxide, officials said Monday. Robert Borchardt, 36, Chelsey Borchardt, 9, and Tucker Borchardt, 7, were found dead Aug. 17 after authorities were called to ...

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in all homes, says Minister
Irish Times
Mr Rabbitte was speaking at an event to mark the beginning of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which aims to make householders aware of the dangers of the odourless, colourless gas that has become known as the "silent killer". An average of six ...

· 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

Monday, September 24, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 24, 2012 - updated frequently

“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, bio link)

Big note about this first warehouse workers story:
They tracked the “source” of carbon monoxide to a room where they were “charging” electric forklifts. The fire department measured CO the highest in this room. It must be noted that many CO test instruments, including those used by professional investigators, have inexpensive sensors that are affected by cross interferences of other gases. One of those gases is hydrogen, a common occurrence gas that is generated by charging vehicle batteries. As far as people in the warehouse being ill with symptoms…? Hydrogen gas is non-toxic but if it dominates an air space it can contribute to illness symptoms when breathed in. This event requires a little more information and testing of the area and test instruments to claim carbon monoxide was actually present. If there were gas fueled forklifts, this would be a different view. 18 people were taken to the hospital; we'll have to wait to see if they were tested for carbon monoxide exposure.  Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Several Trader Joe's warehouse workers taken to hospital after carbon ...
Allentown Morning Call
Federal regulators are inspecting a Trader Joe's warehouse after a carbon monoxide leak Sunday morning sent 18 workers to the hospital for evaluation. Ray Anthony, assistant chief of the East Allen Township Fire Department, said high levels of the ...Note from BD: Please see Carbon Monoxide News June 30, 2012 regarding carbon monoxide sensor interference.

Three people treated after carbon monoxide leak in Northampton ...
Northhamptonchron.co.uk
Three people were treated by paramedics last night after a carbon monoxide alarm activated in their Northampton home.

Living with the consequences of a combustion driven culture
Air-quality changes bring mixed reviews
Fresno Bee
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has passed many of the toughest rules in the nation, among them the pioneering control of pollution coming from agriculture, said Seyed Sadredin, executive director. "Despite significant reductions ...

Nearly 1 in 10 children get asthma 'because they live near a busy road'
Daily Mail
Using regional air pollution measurements to estimate exposure to road pollution, they found that eight per cent of children who developed asthma lived within 75 metres of a busy road. And they found harmful air pollutants nitrogen dioxide and ozone ...

Breathing European air shortens lives -report
Chicago Tribune
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microscopic particles, among the most harmful forms of air pollution, are still found at dangerous levels in Europe, although law has cut some toxins from exhaust fumes and chimneys, a European Environmental Agency (EEA) report ... The pollutants result from fumes belched out by cars, industry, household fuel burning, followed by complex chemical reactions in the air… Put very simply, black carbon particles are the kind that absorb heat and speed up global warming, while white reflective particles, including snow and ice, slow it down.

City enjoys 'moderate' air quality after a decade of Car-Free Days
Jakarta Post
Since 2002, however, the city government has closed the route to cars between 6 and 11 a.m. on the last Sunday of every month in a bid to reduce air pollution while at the same time providing space for people like Wayan and others to enjoy morning ...

Trucks Will Roll Down an E-Highway In California Test
Wall Street Journal
"We have the worst air pollution in the nation," says Sam Atwood, a spokesman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which is responsible for controlling smog in portions of a four-county region and is coordinating the effort with support ...

· 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