Thursday, June 13, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News June 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.

“Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.” Jules Feiffer (1929, bio link)

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Hotel deaths highlight often undetected killer
CBS News

Carbon monoxide, nicknamed the "silent killer" because it is nearly impossible to detect without equipment, is produced by appliances and other items that often generate combustion fumes - generators, furnaces, water heaters, automobile and boat ...

Deadly gas detectors not mandated in public Georgia facilities

ALBANY, GA -- After three people were found dead and a fourth was found unresponsive in the same North Carolina hotel room in two separate carbon monoxide poisoning incidents just weeks apart from each other, many are asking why there wasn't a ...

Scene not examined in hotel deaths
Charlotte Observer

It took nearly two months and the death of an 11-year-old Rock Hill boy in the same room last weekend before authorities said carbon monoxide poisoning killed the couple. On Wednesday, Watauga Medics Inc. Director Craig Sullivan told the Observer the ...

Police: Deficiencies with pool heater blamed for carbon monoxide leak

In a press conference Wednesday evening, police said the exhaust system for the heater had multiple deficiencies and carbon monoxide leaked into the room at several points, including through the wall mount HVAC unit and through an opening underneath ...

Gas detectors required in rentals units to avoid tragedy
The Mecklenburg times

Landlords in Mecklenburg County are required to maintain carbon monoxide detectors in every residential rental unit and in child care facilities. And anyone with fossil fuel-burning appliances is advised to install the devices, said Patrick Granson ...

Lincolnton's R.W. Garcia plant remains closed after gas leak
Charlotte Business Journal
Fourteen were hospitalized but have since been released. Production has been suspended at the facility, as investigators are still working to identify the cause and location of the gas leak that caused high levels of carbon monoxide. R.W. Garcia makes ...

High Carbon Monoxide Levels Discovered at Stoneham Apartment Building

Stoneham firefighters responded to a call of high carbon monoxide levels at an apartment building on Mountainview Drive early Wednesday morning, according to reports. Shortly after midnight, firefighters were called to 300 Mountainview Drive for a ...
Who is responsible for the air you breathe? Take control inside your homes.

-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

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