Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News March 13, 2013 - posts updated frequently - Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day. Scroll back in time and balance the carbon monoxide stories with the lessons learned.

Link to: CO alarm standards – know when you are protected

“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.”
Chanakya (350 - 283 BC, bio link)

The following links may be of some use to you:
The World Clock - Time Zones by
Google Maps- perhaps, to reference locations noted in CO News headlines
American Red Cross - disaster relief
Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution - U.S. EPA
Heart rescue video using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Current Data for Atmospheric CO2
Federal Aviation Administration warning; Carbon Monoxide: a Deadly Menace
Carbon monoxide toxicity- Emergency Medicine Ireland
Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.

Carbon monoxide alarms save lives. If you are installing CO alarms for your customers, clients, friends or family members, please read the instructions that come with the unit. The directions clearly state that people of vulnerable health need protection from low levels of the poison. It is not clearly stated however, who might fit in the category of “vulnerable”.

We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you don’t mind headache, nausea, weakness, increased heart stresses or all the hazards associated with oxidative stress, then your inexpensive alarm may be ok for you. But if a mother would like to protect that vulnerable baby she is growing inside of her or carrying in her arms, then low level protection is the best alarm protection. If you are elderly or are already experiencing degraded health, even blood pressure issues, then you too might want to not only consider low level protection, but follow through and begin protecting yourself and others.

When the low level carbon monoxide alarm sounds, it is a reminder to get to the source of the generating poison and eliminate it, get the combustion system looked at or discover important things about how you interact with the systems that are around you every day that have the potential to harm or kill you. We do live in a combustion culture after all.
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO News Links –

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Four sent to hospital in Kearns carbon monoxide scare
Deseret News

KEARNS — A Questar worker is being called a hero after pulling an unconscious man overcome by carbon monoxide out of a house Wednesday morning. The incident at 4470 W. 5855 South began just after 7 a.m. when a woman in the home called Questar ...

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Mine evacuated due to fire, smoke and carbon monoxide

According to a release, carbon monoxide and smoke was detected coming out of the Orndoff return shaft at around 2 p.m. It happened in an outby area of Consolidation Energy Inc.'s Blacksville No.2 mine, located near Kuhntown, Pa. The underground mine ...

Snow Bank Causes Carbon Monoxide Scare for Wayland Family

According to the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, "the law is named after 7-year-old Nicole Garofalo who died in January 2005 when a heating vent in her house was blocked by snow drifts, allowing carbon monoxide to accumulate in the home." ...

Firefighters rescue two men overcome by carbon monoxide fumes
Birmingham Mail

Two unconscious men overcome by carbon monoxide fumes were rescued from a Black Country house last night. Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus carried the pair from the house on Intended Street, Cradley Heath, at around 8.20pm. Police and the fire ...

Safety officials: Carbon monoxide detectors are saving lives
Valley Breeze

Two high-profile incidents this month have drawn new attention to a danger that safety officials have warned the public of for decades: carbon monoxide. While it may be easy to neglect the little alarm that, thanks to state and federal law, has graced ...

Three people taken to hospital after carbon monoxide alert in East Butterwick
This is Scunthorpe

Crew members found a carbon monoxide alarm sounding because of what was described as a leak from an open fire flume. A woman and and two female children - suffering slight effects of breathing in fumes - were given first-aid by paramedics and taken to ...

OSHA: Bosses Must Protect Workers From Carbon Monoxide
(press release) (blog)
As much of the nation battles cold weather, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers this winter to take needed precautions to protect workers from the serious, and sometimes fatal, effects of carbon monoxide ...

Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Take control inside your homes.

The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 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:

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.

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-seven 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

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

Note this distraction from carbon monoxide poisoning:
Bald Eagle Camera Alcoa Bald Eagle Camera, Davenport, Iowa.

A friend of mine notified me that the pair of bald eagles has returned to their nest along the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa. The Alcoa Company has their web cam up and running and viewing of the nest is possible during daylight hours, Central Standard Time, US. UPDATE: Two eggs in the nest. The Alcoa Eagle website gives a good history of the pair and the company’s involvement with them. If you haven’t viewed this site through the hatching and growth of the eaglets, I think you may find it to be quite a live sight to see when you may have those periodic spare moments. This link will be posted on this site for those people who may wish to capture the link and watch the cycle of life of this nesting pair.

What does this have to do with carbon monoxide safety?
It is just a live web cam, perhaps a distraction from the headlines of death and injury. Please become aware of the air you breathe. Measurement is education. Measure your air accurately when measuring carbon monoxide.
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety