Monday, December 9, 2013

Carbon Monoxide News December 9, 2013 - posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
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“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that's precise, predictive and reliable - a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.”
Brian Greene (1963, 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 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
Are we teaching and practicing carbon monoxide safety?
I visited a technical school that was in the process of teaching combustion analysis on a natural gas furnace. The instructor had never used a combustion analyzer in his career and had an out dated one with a non-working oxygen sensor the students were trying to figure out. This is embarrassing.

Heating ventilation and air conditioning technicians are scientists. If they do not test and measure the equipment they install or service, they are not very good scientists. Schools that do not update their instructors through training or upgrade their test instruments are not very good schools.

HVACR technicians and school instructors should stop guessing and give their customers or clients or students what they think they are paying for, accuracy and professionalism, not guess work. Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning to yourself and others. 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
Family's tenacity will save Ontario lives

“This is so important to families in Ontario, and especially in Northern Ontario. Carbon monoxide is truly a silent killer. You can't smell it, you don't even know it's ...

A Word From RWC Fire Marshal About Holiday Fire Hazards

Fire marshal Jim Palisi says Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in ... and carbon monoxide poisoning are serious and prevalent threats during the…

How does carbon monoxide poisoning occur?
Boston Globe

As winter descends, cases of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning rise. The colorless, odorless gas is found in car exhaust and in fumes from fuel-burning ...

Boreal forests threaten to produce climate-warming gases
Ottawa Citizen

Canada has told the world for years that our forests help soak up carbon dioxide and store carbon. The argument is that this cancels out some emissions from ...

Air Pollution Within EU Limits Still Hazardous
MedPage Today

European air quality standards have left urbanites at significant risk of an early death from traffic-related pollution, a meta-analysis suggested…

Gross: Pollution is a global problem
Iowa State Daily

It’s easy to disregard this information, categorizing high pollution rates as “China’s problem." Unfortunately, despite being separated by vast geographical distance, it is in the end the same air that we breathe. It may be Shanghai citizens that are wearing the air-filtering masks today, but tomorrow, next month, next year, it could be us. Reports of China’s pollution affecting the United States are seen more and more frequently with each passing year….

Here's How That Cook Survived Inside Sunken Ship For Three Days
Huffington Post

But there is an additional danger: carbon dioxide (CO2), which is lethal to humans at concentrations of about 5 percent. As Okene breathed, he exhaled carbon ...

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