Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News April 15, 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 are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”
Albert Einstein

Who is responsible for the air you breathe?
Many people have asked me about the pro’s and con’s of carbon monoxide alarm laws.

Yes I am for them even though they are extremely limited in scope and protection. The alarms listed under U.L. Standard 2034 & CSA 6.19 are high level carbon monoxide alarms. Even the  European Standard - EN50291 though much better, is still limited in its protection of people with vulnerable health, especially sight impaired citizens, pregnant women & their fetus, young children, people suffering depression, those with heart conditions or poor health in general.  

Carbon monoxide begins to do evil things to people at very low concentrations. The alarms listed under U.L. Standard 2034 & CSA 6.19 that are promoted, endorsed and documented for use by law, code or ordinance do not reflect significant protection for half of the population they are designed to protect. They never have since these standards were inaugurated.

You will notice that there is a flurry of law making talk and activity after someone has died from the poison in an avoidable accident. Some states name their laws after a deceased citizen who succumbed to the poison in an accident. The laws discussed and enacted aim to place high level CO alarms in buildings but do not address the condition of the combustion equipment that generates the poisoning events, particularly in buildings used by the public or employees?

Carbon monoxide alarms are a must in our combustion culture, but let’s not forget about the equipment that produces the poison. Maintenance and verification of safe operation could generate an awful lot of work. This is work that cannot be imported but can help save lives, improve health and save energy. What a deal! This is good stuff.

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
“Better Safe Than Sorry” Program
CO Detectors Set to Expire
Effingham's News Leader
State law known as the Carbon Monoxide Act was passed in 2006 and went into effect in 2007. It requires each residence that uses fossil fuels for ...

1 hospitalized after carbon dioxide poisoning at Rochester bar
ROCHESTER, MN -- A 63-year-old man is hospitalized after he was poisoned by carbon dioxide while working Monday morning at a ... 
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