Thursday, April 25, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News April 25, 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 dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.”
Archibald MacLeish (1892, 1982, bio link)
These following links may be of some use to you:
The World Clock - Time Zones by
Google Maps
Earthquake Map - USGS

American Red Cross - disaster relief
Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution - U.S. EPA

Heart rescue using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Current Data for Atmospheric CO2
Carbon Monoxide: a Deadly Menace - Federal Aviation Administration
Carbon monoxide toxicity
- Emergency Medicine Ireland
Carbon Monoxide Survivor
- Views from those who have been poisoned.

Fighting inconveniences
There is an interesting news link posted today about the increase in generator use and to what expense people will go to keep the “home fires burning”, so to speak. The costs seem to range from $150.00 to over $20,000.00. A hurricane, flood, ice storm, tornado, blizzard or some other catastrophic condition often leaves victims without electrical power for minutes to weeks at a time. Many people are choosing this additional application to their home remedies to reduce inconveniences.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a foreseeable occurring event with those who have purchased and use portable generators. Carbon monoxide begins poisoning people and animals as soon as it is breathed in at any level, as it displaces oxygen. It is vital that generators be kept outside and away from people or animals or open windows, doors, and openings into buildings.

You can purchase carbon monoxide alarms that cost anywhere from around $20.00 to over $250.00. Your investment to help keep the kids busy during a power outage perhaps should include a device that will keep them alive and better yet, from getting sickened by the unseen or smelled poisonous gas. Do you know enough about carbon monoxide to make a good decision? Read the information on the alarm you have in your home.

Call the fire department’s non-emergency number and inquire as to what level of CO they require breathing apparatus to be worn by their responders when carbon monoxide is present. Inquire as to what their civilian evacuation level is for CO. Read the information about the carbon monoxide alarm you have in your home again. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety  

CO and Air Quality News Links
Body Found At Home On Meyers Ave.
KKTV 11 News

By the time police arrived at the home, located on the 2100 block of Meyers Avenue, the roommate had already been transported to Memorial Central on possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Her condition is unknown. Police say the coroner will have to ...

“No matter the nature of the alarm, residents can always count on a full fire department response,” Chief Morabito said. "That's the protocol."
Smoke, No Fire; Sickness, No Carbon Monoxide

Cottage Place residents complained of light-headedness and nausea when their carbon monoxide detector sounded, but officers found no sign of elevated gas levels in the home, police report. County Fire Control reported an activated CO alarm on Cottage ...

Sickness first, then alarm sounds, but all happy with the results Muellers credit carbon monoxide detector with saving their lives
La Crosse Tribune

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, tasteless, poisonous gas that is slightly lighter than air. CO gas is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas ...

Power Grids Iffy, Populous Areas Go for Generators
New York Times

One unintended consequence is the growing number of people — dozens a year — who die from carbon monoxide poisoning because they ran their portable generators in enclosed spaces without enough ventilation for the exhaust. “For every dead person, ...

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
| 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.
NOTE: Camera is temporarily unable to transmit live images. A new camera from a distant, non-disruptive location is being set up.
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. 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