Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News February 25, 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.

“To everything: Turn! Turn! Turn!”
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" - The Byrds - music link

Who is responsible?
“I would have had my combustion system checked if there was a law that said I had to do it.” Something like this has been quoted lately by someone who was responsible for the system that was inside a public building and a person died and many more were affected by the poison carbon monoxide (CO). (Watch and listen to it for yourself in a news link below if you wish.)

There are many public business owners who might take heed of this, and take responsibility, do the right thing and get the heating systems they are responsible for checked out and inspected as soon as possible. But you know many won’t. And even if they do, how well done are the inspections?

The manufacturer’s instructions and mechanical codes cover it all, but does each HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) company perform with consistency, and measure that all performance criteria has been verified through testing and best practices? No they don’t and not many seem to. Do code officials require verification that the equipment is performing to manufacturer specifications? No, it is up to each technician and the company doing the work.

There are many heating technicians and engineers that install and service gas furnaces as an example, who do not do a very thorough job when it comes to heating system analysis and inspections. Many do not check for gas leaks on every job, nor do they use a simple manometer to measure the fuel pressure to the burner, a vital performance measurement. A furnace that is over fired or under fired can produce deadly levels of carbon monoxide and does not need to produce the poison.

An adjustment of fuel pressure while measuring the hot, combustion gasses for carbon monoxide and oxygen can assist the technician in establishing a safe and efficient burn. The measurement of the exhaust pressures during this process can help assure the system will vent or exhaust the gasses thoroughly out of the system and building.

If the vent pressure is monitored through measurement during additional tests when other mechanical exhaust fans are on and running, and the air delivery duct and building pressures are included in the performance safety test of the process, there are more assurances the system will run safely. This more complete process doesn’t take a lot of time for the knowledgeable and practicing technician.

HVAC business owners ask yourselves, “How good a job are my people doing in the field? Are they using combustion analysis and full performance testing procedures on every system we get paid to work on? Are we giving the customer what they think they are paying for?”

Instructors of HVAC technicians also have to be knowledgeable to teach these simple practices and have the means to do this in their school testing labs. Instructors ask yourselves, “How good a job am I doing to prepare my technicians? How much time do they get in individual practice in testing a combustion system thoroughly? What is the quality of their testing devices that the school provides? Do you have enough working systems to make it a quality program?”

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 
Brothers die from carbon monoxide poisoning in Chehalis
CHEHALIS, Wash. -- Twin 80-year-old brothers were apparently overcome by carbon monoxide while working on an antique car in a closed garage in ...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Possible Cause For Family Death In Pocatello
Pocatello, Idaho - Police in Pocatello are investigating the deaths of multiple persons this Monday morning. Authorities say the ...

Carbon monoxide victims survive; apparently ran out of LP gas
Investigators say all of the victims of carbon monoxide-related injuries at a home near Arcadia have survived. They made the comments ...

LI lawmakers seek mandatory carbon monoxide detectors in state
Long Island lawmakers are calling for the mandatory installation of carbon monoxide detectors at businesses statewide following a leak at a ...

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide gas killed a man and injured dozens of others at a New York restaurant. But there are ways to detect it and prevent it from leaking ...

Weak Government Regulations Made Me Do It, Legal Sea Foods CEO Claims About Carbon ...
Hit & Run ⋅ Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Over the weekend, a carbon monoxide leak in a Long Island Legal Sea Foods restaurant resulted in 27 hospitalizations and one death. Now the head ...

Victim in apparent carbon monoxide death identified
Maryville Daily Times
The Blount County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation in the death of a woman from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning… 

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