Monday, February 24, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News February 24, 2014 - posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day. 
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We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

“We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955, bio link)

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 

Carbon monoxide alarms; we have all been poisoned and will be again
The carbon monoxide alarms most recommended by fire departments, gas utility companies, heating companies and mandated by law in some states are “Listed by the designation of Underwriter’s Laboratory Standard 2034”.

Know that the protection from CO poisoning presented by “U.L. 2034” is a protection standard predominantly designed to alert a hearing person to high levels of carbon monoxide. The standard is weak in that it does not require reactionary response to the lowest of levels of the poisonous gas, when chronic poor health symptoms, including birth defects, may begin and go undetected.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a commonly produced poisonous gas. We live in a combustion culture where the wood, coal, oil & gas raw materials are used to generate the required energy to do what we all do, as well as to ignite our modern economic engine we are unable or, do not wish to contain.

Everyone has inhaled combustion gasses and has been affected by the carbon monoxide that may have been “hidden” in the odor of the motorboat exhaust, or the start up odor of your gas cooking oven or cigarette. It is even hidden in the sweet smell of a crackling wood fire smoke. Some of us breathe the poison several times during each day. If you don’t think so, you are not measuring the air you breathe.

In the past, carbon monoxide was considered to be hard to detect due to the odorless, tasteless, invisible natures of the gas. For every day personal and communal protection, (particularly when in buildings and all motorized vehicles, including air and water craft) everyone can be as safe as they choose to be.

Carbon monoxide testing and alarming devices can begin to alert visually as low as 7 parts per million (PPM) of CO, and begin sounding an audible alarm as early as 10 PPM. These devices that are not U.L. 2034 Listed because they alarm at lower levels not required by manufacturers to gain the “Label” privileges. Most fire departments wear breathing apparatus and evacuate at 35 PPM of CO or lower.

We all should know that our automobiles or gasoline powered generators, when left running inside buildings, even though the entry doors are wide open, is a deadly habit. If you don’t think it is, I challenge you to get an accurate carbon monoxide testing device in your hand and measure for yourself. They are not hard to find on the Internet; just make sure they begin measuring and visually displaying CO without having to push a button under 10 PPM and begin alarming no later than 35 PPM. How long you want to stay in is up to you.

(At minimum, these low level health monitors should be manufactured with acid based electro-chemical CO sensors. They are available for home, business, travel & recreational use as well as those that clip or snap onto a belt, purse or shirt pocket. Don’t expect others to protect you from carbon monoxide when you leave your house.)

Testing people for carbon monoxide poisoning; Why not?
Likewise, traditional health care providers considered carbon monoxide poisoning hard to detect due to the insidious nature of the common, everyday symptoms, beginning with a slight headache, or a hint of stomach discomfort to heart failures (And many more presentable symptoms in between).

These symptoms are known by most health providers to be connected to carbon monoxide, but it must be that health care providers have historically not been trained to test patients presenting “known symptoms” of CO poisoning. They must not have been taught oxidative stress symptoms as a result of the introduction of this oxygen displacing, commonly encountered poison. If it is not taught, it will not be practiced and physicians may quote that it is “hard to detect” it in a patient.

Blood analysis for CO poisoning has been around for decades. Arterial samples taken at hospitals were the most common detection avenues. Breath analysis for CO poisoning has been around for over 20 years, and have had a good degree of accuracy for those able to blow into the device.

The Pulse CO-Oxymeter is becoming a common safety tool on fire and rescue trucks for immediate, non-invasive conscious or unconscious 911 emergency victims and themselves. But it is not very common in the health care provider’s office. (Do not confuse a “Pulse CO-Oxymeter” with the basic standard Pulse-Oxymeter or “Pulse-ox”).

Why would you not test a patient presenting symptoms for carbon monoxide poisoning when you are face to face? If you don’t test, you don’t know; then it is “Hard to detect”.

Measurement is education every day. Learn more about carbon monoxide every day. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO and Air Quality News Links 
Carbon monoxide from grill sickens 13 in Wisconsin
Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Sheriff's officials say 13 people were overcome by carbon monoxide when a charcoal grill was used inside a home in Wisconsin's Trempealeau ...

Carbon monoxide poisoning leads to death, sickness in separate incidents - Videos - CBS News
CBS News' Terrell Brown reports on how incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning are revealing realities about safety regulation…

Investigation Launched Into Carbon Monoxide Leak at NY Mall
Investigation Launched Into Carbon Monoxide Leak at NY Mall. Officials investigating a carbon monoxide leak at a New York mall are concentrating ...

Carbon monoxide first responders refused to abandon rescue effort
Huntington Manor Fire Chief Fred Steenson Jr. said emergency personnel did not take typical carbon monoxide precautions because the 911 call was for a woman who had fallen down…members of the volunteer squad, who were performing CPR on a man identified later as restaurant manager Steven Nelson, would not budge, Cappola said… "We were refusing to leave unless they took our patient with us," he said. "We take it right to the edge before we abandon a patient." Cappola was among more than two dozen people, including four ambulance personnel and three police officers, sent to five hospitals with nonlife-threatening symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure, Suffolk police said…

7 rushed to hospital after carbon monoxide incident at motel
OGUNQUIT – A faulty furnace and a lack of carbon monoxide detectors sent seven people to area hospitals Sunday after a carbon monoxide incident ...

Carbon monoxide detectors may need to be replaced soon
Pekin Daily Times
Why is this happening? Because of a state law, known as the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act, that was passed in 2006 and went into effect Jan…

Colorado First State to Clamp Down on Fracking Methane Pollution
The Air Quality Control Commission approved the rules 8 to 1 yesterday after five days of hearings, rejecting revisions that would have exempted ...

Minister rejects fire health risk
The Age
''At what stage does air quality become so bad that you have to do something more than stay indoors or reduce your physical activity outside?...

Air Pollution Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia
Guardian Liberty Voice ⋅ Katie Bloomstrom
Although air pollution has historically been suspected to increase some health risks such as heart and lung disease, recent research indicates that the …

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 

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.

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