Sunday, December 1, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News December 1, 2013 - posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
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Red Cross - Typhoon Appeal  People of the world are asked again to do what they can to help the people clinging to life as the disaster’s hell continues in the Philippines. Another please, with hopes of another thank you. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Red Cross - Disaster Relief  Illinois - Governor Quinn declared disaster areas in Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford counties originally and added Fayette and Vermillion to the list. The clean up, the Red Cross, volunteers, churches and all the good people surface and react as if this was their purpose in life, to help those who need help, and to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Do you know what can generate carbon monoxide? Just knowing will not protect you; it helps, that’s for sure. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. Measurement is education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety  

When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it displaces oxygen and sets a course for various resultant consequences of asphyxia. When oxygen is displaced and there is food to convert to fuel, it is necessary that oxygen is available to the process. Since sufficient oxygen is not available due to the displacement, the “fuel rich” condition triggers the response of nausea and then can result in dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea and other conditions of what we call "flu-like symptoms". The body throws out the unprocessed food and drink.

Even though you may have a CO alarm  in your home or building, it may not be enough to avoid the experiences associated with these symptoms if the alarms do not go off until they must when they measure 50 PPM of CO (
The European Standard - EN50291  or 70 PPM of CO  (U.L. 2034 and CSA 6.19 - United States & Canada) for the time periods they must wait to alarm. The symptoms of nausea can come from exposures to carbon monoxide before these levels are reached. NOTE: EN50291 listed alarms are allowed to alarm if levels are above 30 PPM and remains after 2 hours.

Perhaps people who have these listed and approved alarms  do not think of CO as the culprit of their conditions because they are not making a sound to remind them or alert them of the presence of the poison. The avoidance of these symptoms might be another reason to encourage the use of low level CO alarms. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon
Monoxide Safety
CO and Air Quality News Links
6 children and grandmother hospitalized with carbon monoxide ...
News 12 New Jersey

TRENTON - Six children and their grandmother were rushed to the hospital this morning with carbon monoxide poisoning. All seven victims were at a house on…

Southeast Missouri woman dies of carbon monoxide poisoning in ...
The Republic

Deputy coroner Jerry Goin says she died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of smoke inhalation. Delta fire chief Alvin Frank says it took crews about 30 ...

Simple tips offer ways to stay safe in winter
Rio Rancho Observer

Rio Rancho Deputy Fire Chief Paul Bearce offered safety tips for avoiding house fires, falls, car wrecks, carbon monoxide poisoning and burst pipes that may ...

Carbon monoxide incidents prompt warnings

LUBBOCK — Weekend carbon monoxide poisonings prompted Lubbock Fire Rescue and Atmos Energy officials to urge residents who use gas appliances to…

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