Monday, April 14, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News April 14, 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.

“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.” John Wooden (1910-2010, bio link)

Getting what you pay for; how do you know?
Some HVAC businesses fail to pull a permit or get equipment inspected, where permits and inspections are required. One recent report suggested over 80% of new furnaces purchased in a metropolitan area were installed without permits pulled or inspections occurring.

Some companies don’t pull permits to have a lower bid and get the work. Some do this because they lack confidence in having their work examined. Some do it because they know they are cutting corners and doing it wrong, but don’t care. Some are proud to declare that “A permit or inspection is not required here. We don’t need an inspection.” Some just don’t want anybody telling them what to do.  

And the people buying these HVAC services? Do they know a permit and inspection is required? How well informed is the residential or commercial consumer? Are they conspiring with the HVAC business to “stick it to the man” and ignore compliance or just ignorant of the law, code or ordinance? Should they have that much trust in “the low bidder”?

Combustion systems like furnaces, boilers, cooking systems,  fireplaces, space heaters and domestic water heaters can be installed to operate with minimal carbon monoxide production and to safely vent the products of combustion out of the breathable air. If you do not have your appliances tested and adjusted for minimal CO generation and safe combustion gas exhausting, you are taking a risk. 

The servicing of combustion appliances by today’s informed, trained and professionally certified heating technician or fitter will include full function measurement of fuel flow and leaks, flue gas measurement that includes temperature, oxygen and/or carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. With some fuels and in some jurisdictions, the measurement of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide may be required.

There is no way for a technician to know they have left a combustion appliance in safe operation without thoroughly testing it. The use of a multi functional combustion analyzer or a combination of test instruments can easily accomplish this task. Test or guess, it is your choice. Do not take risks with carbon monoxide.

Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others.

Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide 
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
Boy, 16 dies; overheated frying pan
NL Times
Carbon monoxide was released, which caused the boy to suffocate. His body was found Sunday morning. The boy was staying in the home of family ...

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