Monday, September 2, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News September 2, 2013

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time for archived CO News links.

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.” John Dewey (1852-1952, bio link)

It is time again to get those heating systems tuned up and checked for proper performance and efficiency.

If you don’t have it tested thoroughly, you may be taking a risk that is avoidable and puts yourself and others in jeopardy of injury or worse.

Your contracted or provided technician or boiler engineer must have all their test instruments calibrated and with sensors up to date and working.

Testing for carbon monoxide generation within the system and within the air of your dwelling should be performed. Their work is not complete unless they test the system thoroughly and verify the manufacturer measureable points of reference; every system has them.

Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure you have a CO alarm that doesn’t wait until you are sick before it alerts you.
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO and Air Quality News Links
Air pollution takes toll on Chinese tourism 
The Korea Herald

That China’s air and water are badly polluted following three decades of breakneck growth is not news. But January’s record-setting bout of smog got worldwide news coverage and was so bad some longtime foreign residents left the country.

Forests Can’t Keep Up With All the Carbon We’re Releasing

Forests in Europe have dwindled to such an extent that they can no longer absorb as much carbon dioxide as they have, scientists recently reported in Nature Climate Change. Since 2005, the continent’s trees have not been absorbing as much atmospheric CO2 as they previously had, the result of a declining number of trees, deforestation and the impact of natural disturbances.

Canadian indigenous peoples fertilize ocean with 100 tons of iron dust

Last year the Haida, an indigenous group in Canada, set out to increase their salmon stocks and save the planet. Helped by American businessman Russ George, a group of villagers dumped 110.23 tons of iron dust from a boat into the Pacific Ocean… They wanted to see if the iron would cause a bloom of algae that could promote fish numbers and absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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 packageand 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

Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind.

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.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

Increased education, awareness can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Minnesota Department of Commerce

Carbon monoxide kills, founder sends warning

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

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