Thursday, February 13, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News February 13, 2014 - posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day. 
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.” D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, 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

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes. 

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 

Featured Community
COSA – Colorado Springs
Under the watchful eye of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, the Pikes Peak Mechanical Contractors Association (PPMCA), IntelliTec College and COSA (Carbon Monoxide Safety Association) provided carbon monoxide (CO) safety instruction and personal CO monitors to Silver Key bus drivers on January 7th at the college’s “Monoxide Manor”…

This educational effort with the everyday use of the sensitive nature of the personal carbon monoxide testing devices will alert the drivers to any level of the poisonous gas as they enter community homes to assist citizens onto the bus to deliver them to their requested destinations…

Homes and buildings that are equipped with the most common, and up to date of the U.L. 2034 Listed carbon monoxide alarms are protecting all people from high, deadly levels of the poisonous gas, but not the levels that can induce headaches, flu-like symptoms, and disrupted heart functions before those alarms make a sound.

The monitors worn by Silver Key bus drivers can alert them to these lower levels. If concerning levels are detected, the drivers are instructed to call the gas utility or the fire department, depending upon the concentration levels. Silver Key is a hub for seniors in El Paso County, Colorado, assisting with information and services.

CO and Air Quality News Links 
Carbon monoxide leak evacuates Betsy Ross School
Forest Park Review
A carbon monoxide leak from a burned-out boiler gasket caused the evacuation of Betsy Ross School on Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. Teachers and ...

Carbon monoxide reported at VB business
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach fire crews investigated a report of a carbon monoxide detector going off Wednesday afternoon…

Faulty heating system sickens 3 in Richmond home
Three people were removed from a Northside Ave. apartment home after it appeared they were exposed to carbon monoxide…

Firefighters rush to Arlington
LaSalle News Tribune
Drummer said firefighters carrying carbon monoxide detectors entered the home and did not find elevated CO levels. He said there was a small hole in ...

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that cannot be detected without a CO alarm. • Never use a charcoal or gas grill inside a house, garage, ...

Historical Archives – Have we learned anything?
C-SPAN | Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dec. 2009
Witnesses testified on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and legislation that would promote the residential use of carbon monoxide alarms …

Woman 'bothered' by air quality
Western Star
Burning household items could be releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere, having a negative effect on people’s health in the long term and an immediate impact on people that suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. He said what goes out through chimneys can be carried into neighbouring homes through air exchangers…

Grant supports Cedars-Sinai study of possible links between air pollution and brain cancer
Researchers at the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai will conduct a study to determine if several potentially toxic compounds that exist in polluted air are capable of entering the brain from the bloodstream and causing brain cancer… Cedars-Sinai researchers and others have used high-tech systems to detect genes and proteins involved in the development of brain cancers. They have studied molecular changes and interactions considered "brain tumor pathways" that lead from defective gene activity to cancer generation in the brain…

South Africa's battle for clean air
A battle over air quality is looming between Eskom, Sasol and the Department of ... But with big industry comes high levels of air pollution…

Nation to launch major anti-pollution plans
In its biggest move to improve poor air quality since the release of the ... PM2.5, a key indicator of air pollution, should drop 25 percent from 2012 ...

Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It can also improve the indoor air quality – an important factor especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold … 

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 package and 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: 

· 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 
Alaska | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Florida |Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts| Michigan 
| 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