Monday, March 24, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News March 24, 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.

“Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.” Henry Miller (1891-1980, bio link)

Carbon monoxide gas threatens to poison people worldwide every day. To protect yourself and others at home and elsewhere, you must know about this common, invisible enemy. You can take a chance and guess and presume and trust things you have read, but please remember, without measurement it is only guesswork. 

Measurement is education: How much do you want to pay for the price of this lesson? Prevention or reaction? 

Carbon monoxide alarms: at what PPM level and in how much time before alarming does yours sound? Are you all right with this? Do you know enough about oxidative stress to be all right with your decision?

Personal carbon monoxide monitors: whose choice is it that you are not wearing one on yourself when at work where combustion gasses pose a threat?

Self contained breathing apparatus: are all wild land & structural fire fighters and perimeter support personnel protected? Are all emergency response and other “Protect and Serve” providers, themselves protected?

Ambient air carbon monoxide & carbon dioxide instruments; big building sickness sources being overlooked from lack of simple measurements. Are you overlooking these tests?

Non-invasive Carboxyhemoglobin % measurement; in combination with personal CO monitors in the emergency field improves detection and recovery. Are you measuring the patient sometime after you took their temperature or when they present symptoms descriptive of CO poisoning?

Combustion analyzers:  If you don’t test, you don’t know how much carbon monoxide the combustion equipment is producing or how efficient the burn is. It is quite a simple set of measurement tasks taken with the aid of an analyzer that can verify the performance and the measureable specifications the combustion system was designed to operate at. No matter how it is perceived, measure more and you will learn more about the science of your task.

Help prevent injuries and deaths
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
2 children hospitalized after carbon monoxide incident in Columbia
Lancaster Newspapers
Two children were taken to the hospital after what was first believed to be a gas leak in Columbia on Sunday morning, emergency officials said…

Couple Found Dead In Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At KOA
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The couple found deceased Sunday morning at a KOA campground in Nashville has been identified. Officials with the Metro ...

Carbon monoxide chases family from rental home
Portland firefighters detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide almost immediately. Crews called Northwest Natural for help, and the company shut ...

Home Safety Week launches across St Helens
St Helens Star
Firefighters are also promoting carbon monoxide alarms and the importance of having gas appliances checked by a registered engineer each year…

Hazelwood firefighters 'exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide'
The Age
Firefighters working to put out the Hazelwood mine fire were exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and given only basic "dust masks" to ...

Brampton carbon monoxide poisoning victims laid to rest
BRAMPTON —Dozens of mourners packed the halls of a Brampton crematorium today, Saturday, March 23, to pay their respects to a well-known ...

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