Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Carbon Monoxide News October 28, 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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Family escapes gas leak thanks to alarm
The Independent
Carbon monoxide is the byproduct of incomplete combustion, and can come from furnaces, water heaters and other gas appliances, said Ashland fire ...

Carbon monoxide sickens Fenton area family
ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI
A mid-Michigan mother of three had a scare after the house they were moving in to filled with carbon monoxide. The children had to be treated… The chimney liner was pulled and it was plugged with grass and leaves, possibly from birds or squirrels. There was even evidence bats had taken up housekeeping there…

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 
Firefighters issue reminder to change smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector batteries this weekend
On Monday, the Eau Claire Fire Department sent out a reminder to put new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend… The department says nearly two of every three home fire deaths are the result of fires in homes that don't have working smoke alarms. Eighty percent of child fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke alarms…

Celebrations with fireworks can be deadly in several ways
Out of breath
Ahmedabad Mirror
A study by Prof Nandita D Ganguly of physic department at St Xavier's College Ahmedabad, states bursting crackers releases carbon monoxide, ...

Oxygen displacement and death – working man’s air is deadly
Poisoned by the shale? Investigations leave questions in oil tank deaths
Environment & Energy Publishing
... get lightheaded," he said in a deposition with the attorney for Bergsing's family, Fred Bremseth. "It would be just like carbon monoxide. You're gonna …

Judge Upholds $28.2M Damage Award for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Apartment
A federal judge has upheld a $28 million carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit verdict, saying that the amount was an acceptable one for the jury to ...

A killer smog: Oct. 27, 1948
But the pollution, which contains unusually high levels of sulphuric acid, carbon monoxide and fluorine, never dissipates, and by the next day, doctors ...
Still, the disaster, for the first time, made Americans aware of just how dangerous air pollution could be. In 1955, Congress passed the Air Pollution Control Act, the first federal legislation that recognized pollution as a problem. That was followed by the Clean Air Act in 1963, the first federal law to set standards for air quality. And then, in 1970, President Richard Nixon signed an even tougher Clean Air Act, one that established the Environmental Protection Agency and gave it the authority to enforce air quality standards…

Crews respond to house fire
State Gazette
Make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are located on every level of your home and are installed and working properly…

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 
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