Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News December 4, 2013 - posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
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“The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.”
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, Bertrand Russell bio link}

Red Cross - Typhoon Appeal  continues in the Philippines. Another please, with hopes of another thank you. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Red Cross - Disaster Relief  Illinois - 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

Remember that carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless. However it can be present within the common everyday “smells” of combustion & exhaust systems, like when you first turn on your gas oven. Also, automotive exhaust has an odor.
Exhaust from a vehicle left running in a garage is an especially dangerous practice and is even more dangerous if the garage is attached to a house, apartment or any building, even though the big doors may be open. Do you know how much CO you or your children are in if you let the vehicle run inside the garage to warm up and then get in? If you did, you would not practice that “warm up” technique.

People have been sickened or died while keeping their motor vehicles running while talking, sleeping or romantically occupied. Factors that contribute to this type of poisoning are as simple as prevailing winds bringing exhaust into the vehicle or deep snow, mud, ditches and walls restricting the safe exhaust away from the vehicle.

You may be exposed to CO poisoning when you burn charcoal, lamp oil, alcohol or camping gas in an enclosed tent, camper or room. You may also be exposed to CO when there is cigar, cigarette or pipe tobacco smoke. Garbage, leaf, brush or forest fires also can produce sickening to deadly levels of carbon monoxide.

Combustion gas from propane fueled forklifts, floor buffers & power washers can also contain poisonous levels of carbon monoxide.

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  
CO and Air Quality News Links
+  BC Safety Authority Warns of Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

     BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is urging British Columbians to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and to take proper precautions to keep ...
Roseland Center Plaza stores evacuated for carbon monoxide issue

     Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and CosmoProf in the Roseland Center Plaza in Canandaigua had to be evacuated for about an hour Tuesday morning after ... 
In an effort to decrease the number of carbon monoxide-related emergencies, the City of Madison Fire Department is installing CO detectors in a number of ...

Tips as Winter Weather Returns
Rocklin and Roseville Today

Never use barbeques or cooking stoves as a source of heat indoors, as these can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a ...

Ontario passes law making CO detectors mandatory

ONTARIO – Ontarians must buy carbon monoxide detectors for their homes under a law passed unanimously by MPPs last week. The bill requiring detectors 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