Saturday, March 1, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News March 1, 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. 

"Listen to the wind blow." 

Injuries, poisonings and deaths all motivate change
Carbon monoxide alarms save lives. But let’s not wait for the alarm to go off to verify dangerous conditions with combustion equipment. Furnaces, boilers, space heaters, wall heaters, cooking equipment, laundry, and decorative fire place combustion systems are common to public and private buildings, and of course our homes.

There are and have been struggles for laws requiring carbon monoxide alarming device placement in public buildings, but not a mention of a law requiring combustion equipment in the buildings be tested with some regularity to a measureable performance standard under actual operating conditions. It doesn’t help if the practice of the building owner is to “do nothing until it breaks.” There appears to be a common weakness across the country – combustion equipment is not getting certified to be operating safely in a non-threatening condition for the prevention of foreseeable fire and indoor air quality altering situations.

All combustion equipment comes with installation instructions. Combustion systems require a specific air and fuel mixture, and a specific temperature range of exhaust pressure to safely operate. Measurements verify the equipment is minimized as a threat to the buildings and occupants therein.  

Manufacturer instructions, supportive mechanical codes, and test instrumentation, including combustion analyzers, have been available for use for decades. Knowledgeable technicians use them all on every job. There are not enough knowledgeable technicians. If we had a law, would there be more knowledgeable technicians? Would there be better code inspectors and better building owners? Injuries, poisonings and deaths all motivate change. 

Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety 

CO and Air Quality News Links 
Incident at NY mall shines spotlight on carbon monoxide detection
A recent carbon monoxide leak at a N.Y. mall that killed a restaurant ... Last week, a carbon monoxide leak attributed to a faulty water heater flue pipe ...

Woman hospitalised following carbon monoxide leak in Clovelly
North Devon Journal
At 10.07am firefighters received a call saying a woman was suffering from headaches and dizziness and a carbon monoxide alarm was sounding in ...

Two treated for carbon monoxide exposure in New London
New London – Two people were taken to the hospital on Friday afternoon for treatment of carbon monoxide exposure, and several others were ...

RYA Safety Advisory Notice - Don't be a victim of the silent killer
Power Boat - World
Earlier this year, three people lost their lives from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning on two separate boats and in 2013 two people passed ...

Putnam Residents: Do You Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector?
With frigid outside temperatures, people shut and seal their windows, turn up their heat, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings rise. Every year ...

Idaho siblings speak out after family dies of carbon monoxide poisoning
Northwest Cable News
POCATELLO/KPVI-TV -- A Pocatello couple and their two children tragically died of carbon monoxide poisoning on Saturday. The unexpected deaths ...

Carbon monoxide incidents more common this winter
Kenosha News
With winter hanging on colder and longer this season, Kenosha Fire Department officials said they have responded to more carbon monoxide ... 

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-eight U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Feb. 2014
Alaska | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida |Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | MassachusettsMichigan |Minnesota | Montana | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York |North Carolina | Oregon | Pennsylvania |Rhode Island | Texas | Utah |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