Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News October 1, 2014 - posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
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We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

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A Warning to Residents Before Turning on Gas Appliances
The dangers of carbon monoxide rise as the temperature falls when furnaces, fireplaces and other gas appliances are fired up to keep warm…

Important Replay - Check CO alarms - Is yours working? 
1.3 Million Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Recalled 
More than 1 million alarms intended to alert people to smoke and carbon monoxide in their homes are being recalled because of a defect that could cause them to fail, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The Kidde smoke alarms and combination smoke detector/CO alarms are hard-wired, and can fail following a power outage, the CPSC said. About 1.2 million were sold in the U.S. and about 112,000 were sold in Canada. The problem, Kidde said, is in the programming code of the devices…. 

We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
The following link takes you to a site with views from those who have been poisoned. The seriousness of carbon monoxide poisoning, the grief, suffering and disorientations experienced are clearly portrayed with the intent to help others and prevent future poisonings. With respect, please visit: 

What is in the air you are breathing right now?
What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning. 

We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

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 as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

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, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

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
Don't Ignore the Exhaust System On Your Vehicle
The Independent
The single most dangerous aspect of an exhaust leak is carbon monoxide poisoning. This colorless and odorless gas is a byproduct of combustion ...

What Every Chicago Area Homeowner Should Know About Carbon Monoxide
We've all heard, seen or read heartbreaking stories involving carbon monoxide accidents in our region, but are you fully aware…

Millions of Britons worry more about their TV than risk of 'silent killer' in their home
Carbon monoxide is often known as the silent killer and symptoms can include headaches, nausea and losing consciousness, although these can…

Salt Lake County ranked No. 7 on list of most polluted housing markets
"If you look at air pollution, there are many areas that are not on that list that are certainly more polluted, so I am not really sure what their criteria was ...

Doing our part to clean the air: Responsibility for dealing with particulate pollution starts at home
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
However the issue is decided, advocates on both sides of borough Proposition 2 will agree on one thing: our area has an air quality problem in the ...

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway
The $13 million project is a collaboration between the electronics and engineering company Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management ...

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 |
  |Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wisconsin | |Minnesota 
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