Thursday, November 7, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News November 7, 2013 - posts updated frequently

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Four taken to hospital after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A car left running in a garage Tuesday night caused a home to fill with deadly levels of carbon monoxide, and on Wednesday morning four people were rushed to the hospital. Police said the home did not have working carbon monoxide detectors and the gas was building overnight. When they tested the home, carbon monoxide levels were well above 1,200 parts per million, a level considered dangerous. “I know one adult was above the garage and that’s probably the worst of the four victims,” said Gary Mason, Overland Park Police. Wednesday evening, a family member told FOX 4 all four victims were listed in stable condition and are expected to survive…

State Labor Department issues $8,400 fine to western NC farm where worker died in August
The Republic

FRANKLIN, North Carolina — A western North Carolina farm where a worker died earlier this year faces an $8,400 fine from the state Labor Department. Two workers were overcome "by high levels of carbon monoxide caused by operating a Nissan propane-fueled forklift inside a 53-foot-long trailer with no ventilation," according to the citation from the Labor Department. The Macon County Sheriff's Office reported at the time that two workers were loading produce from inside a cooler building into the back of the semi-trailer, which had been backed into a loading dock. In addition to the second worker, sheriff's deputies, firefighters, first responders and bystanders who had stopped to help had to be treated for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning….

New Hampshire: November 2013 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month
At the request of State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and The Carbon Monoxide Work Group, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed a proclamation to declare November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness month. Marshal Degnan and the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs’ president and New London Fire Chief Jason Lyon want to remind residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide levels in your homes…

Air pollution death rate up in half of London boroughs
London Evening Standard
According to the figures, which are for 2011, death rates worsened in 15 of 33 boroughs across the capital, making air quality in London the worst in the UK and among the worst in Europe. More than 4,000 Londoners are thought to die prematurely each year because of long-term exposure to airborne pollution. Those living in inner-city areas breathe in the most polluted air, with high levels of fine particulate matter of a concentration level known as PM2.5….

Alliance FD testing new carbon monoxide device A big CO safety step 

The Alliance firefighters have purchased a device that's able to detect if a person has been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning. The device, Masimo Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter, was purchased with money raised at this year's "Miss Flame Pageant." Alliance Lieutenant Allen Lorensen says many times when crews respond to the scene they never know what they may be exposed to… "Carbon monoxide poisoning is a killer." Said Lorensen. "It kills civilians, firefighters every year. Being able to check without having to take somebody to the hospital and get a blood draw that's definitely a plus for everybody." 

COSA NOTE: The Colorado Springs Fire Department has a non-invasive RAD-57 Pulse CO-Oxymeter on every truck. This outstanding achievement with regards to carbon monoxide poisoning prevention was noted as they were presented a Carbon Monoxide Safety Association “CO Safety Superstars” award earlier in 2013.

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

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