Saturday, June 29, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News June 29, 2013 - posts updated frequently

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State lodging group pushes for carbon monoxide detectors in hotels

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association wants better carbon monoxide protection across the state of North Carolina. In the wake of three carbon monoxide deaths at a Best Western Hotel in Boone, the association has ...

Child has close call with carbon monoxide after fire
The Daily Citizen

He said the carbon monoxide — a colorless, odorless and potentially deadly gas — leaked into the upper unit, poisoning the woman and child. The occupant of the lower unit came home around 7:30 a.m., and the upper level residents noticed around that ...

4 injured in gas leak at church

Some were removed directly to Kettering Medical Center as it has a hyperbaric chamber used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators believe machinery being used inside the church caused the problem. 2 NEWS is working this story as it continues ...

Family flees Baxenden log fire scare
Lancashire Telegraph
It was only when a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in the house sounded that the family realised they were in danger. The family escaped and called the fire service who put out the fire, which melted the family's flatscreen TV, burnt the mantelpiece and ...

Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas, is produced as a byproduct of incomplete combustion. Firefighters may be exposed to large amounts of the gas. Carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream through the lungs and reduces oxygen delivery to the body's organs and tissues.

When forest fuels burn, they discharge hundreds, if not thousands, of chemical compounds into the atmosphere, including carbon monoxide, total suspended particulates, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and water vapor. “Breathing high smoke concentrations does expose those persons to toxic compounds contained in the smoke,” says Shannon Therriault, air quality specialist with the Missoula City-County Health Department.

Unfortunately, people are placed into harm’s way to put out wildfires. Fortunately we know that technology and portable safety systems exist to monitor the health and protect the air breathed in by these courageous people. The wild land fire fighter should have a base COHb% test registered before their season or before their entry into the fire battle zone. They should be tested again when they finish their shift or whenever the symptoms begin to appear or be acknowledged by the fighter.

Breathing apparatus and monitoring air and COHb% levels makes the most sense for protection even in the mop up areas where the smoldering embers may be the biggest threats. No one should have to breathe in those gases as part of their job to save public or private lands despite the tradition of the fire fighting system. Bob Dwyer CSME. Carbon Monoxide Safety

See “Breathless” By Robin Bible Tennessee Division of Forestry
Also See International Association of Wildland Fire

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

These following links may be of some use to you:
The World Clock - Time Zones
- Google Maps-
- Earthquake Map

American Red Cross
- Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution
- Heart Rescue using an (AED)

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

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