Sunday, May 26, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News May 26, 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.

“Why harass with eternal purposes a mind too weak to grasp them?”
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65 BC - 8 BC, bio link)
-Link to: CO alarm standards

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. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Is carbon monoxide hard to detect?
There was an article recently circulated that quoted a physician as saying “carbon monoxide is hard to detect.”

My response is “No, carbon monoxide is not hard to detect." But you must have devices that can test for it and respond by sound or digital readings, indicating measurement levels.

For a doctor, the test is to be taken with their patients either by blood draw, breathe analysis or with a pulse CO-oxymeter. When symptoms are presented, respond with measurement, not guesswork.

Measurement is education. Anyone can learn about carbon monoxide. Everyone can “detect” carbon monoxide. Testing and warning systems exist. Get educated, begin testing and measuring for carbon monoxide now.
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO and Air Quality News Links

EMS: Advances in technology make a difference in EMS care
Worthy Replay 05/26/12
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Some of the most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning — headache, dizziness and nausea — are strikingly similar to those of the flu. So similar, Wilton EMS Operations Chief Nash Alexander said, that if a patient didn’t know they had been exposed to the deadly gas, paramedics historically would have treated them for a really bad case of the flu. But relatively new, non-invasive devices called RAD-57 can detect the level of carbon monoxide in a person’s bloodstream in about the time it takes for paramedics to take a victim’s pulse, providing potentially lifesaving readings in a matter of seconds. So similar, Wilton EMS Operations Chief Nash Alexander said, ...

Climate change (yawn)
Toledo Blade

Thanks to humanity's addiction to fossil fuels, global carbon-dioxide levels are at their highest point in at least 3 million years. The last time such levels were so elevated, the Sahara desert was thick with forests and Arctic temperatures were as ...

Cycle of life
The News International

Late last week the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere crossed the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold. From a climate standpoint this is alarming, and points to the urgency of shifting away from fossil fuels.

Report damns CSG health effects
Stock & Land

The Health Factor describes cases where coal projects have been allowed to pollute at levels known to compromise human health and where inadequate monitoring of air quality disguises the dangers. The report describes how cardio-respiratory and other ...

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

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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· 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: Another camera is in operation from a lower angle.

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