Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News October 21, 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.

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, bio link)

“Horror grips us as we watch you die,  
All we can do is echo your anguished cries.” 
"Wooden Ships" Crosby, Stills, Nash - music link

Featured News Links – More news links below
Bad exhaust can draw carbon monoxide into vehicle
Kokomo Perspective
A faulty exhaust is not only bad for a vehicle, but it also could be dangerous to the people inside as it can draw carbon monoxide into the vehicle…

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 be stupid! Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
St. George Daily Spectrum
Dr. Gene Worth, medical director for Dixie Regional Medical Center hyperbaric medicine, has treated a number of carbon monoxide poisoning victims. His advice for avoiding becoming a CO statistic: “Don’t be stupid.”…

MPSC Highlights Safe Use of Portable Generators during Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness ...
State of Michigan
"That's why it's important that people know about their safe use and how to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide, known as…

Salina man charged in 6-year-old daughter's carbon monoxide poisoning death released from jail
The Post-Standard - syracuse.com
Collins, a certified heating and air conditioning contractor, had left 6-year-old Gabriella and then 14-year-old son, Jaidon, with a generator running inside the house after National Grid cut the power, officials have said. Jaidon Collins had called his father that night, on Aug. 28, as the father drove to the Turning Stone casino with a woman. The boy said he felt sick and his younger sister wouldn't stop crying. The next morning, when Glenn Collins returned around 6:30 a.m….

Consumers Energy Offers Lifesaving Tips to Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

"Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the United States, which is why Consumers Energy is helping to raise awareness so ...

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