Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News January 6, 2015 - 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.

“Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.”
Carl Jung (1875-1961, bio link)

Featured News Links – More news links below
Three taken to hospital after Carbon Monoxide scare in Burnham
Three people were taken to hospital on Monday morning (January 5th) after a Carbon Monoxide incident in the town. Fire crews were called to…

LaPorte County man dies from carbon monoxide poisoning
A LaPorte County man died in his sleep from carbon monoxide poisioning after leaving his pick up truck running inside his attached garage…

Carbon monoxide scare causes evacuation of Manomet apartment building
The Manomet Current
Firefighters evacuated an apartment building on Tide View Path Friday evening after elevated carbon monoxide readings were detected…

Stay safe with winter generator use
Knoxville News Sentinel
Generators emit carbon monoxide fumes, which are odorless and can quickly overwhelm people indoors. Never use a generator inside a home, ...

How to stay safe in dangerous winter weather
Green Bay Press Gazette
Make sure you have working CO detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have CO detectors on every level including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas…
More news links below - 

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
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills Two
Henderson County Fire Marshal Wally Hollis says the recent deaths of a Flat Rock couple due to carbon monoxide poisoning, is a warning, a wakeup call… Deputies say the source of the carbon monoxide was a propane heater being used, which was not approved for homes…

St. Louis high school dismissing early due to carbon monoxide leak
Students at Northwest Academy of Law were evacuated to the school auditorium Monday morning after a carbon monoxide leak was ...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Home: Get the Facts Before You Panic
Digital Journal
You might think it's obvious when someone is being poisoned by carbon monoxide (CO). You might think your furnace…

Carbon monoxide risks bigger than people think: Dr. Ken LeDez
One doctor is hoping people will be more aware of the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning, after two people were discovered dead in a car off ...

Radon Gas could be leaking into your home
There is a dangerous gas that could be leaking into your home with no warning signs. Radon gas occurs naturally in the soil can have serious health consequences if levels become too high… Radon gas like carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless and cannot be seen but unlike carbon monoxide, radon is a naturally occurring process and happens when uranium breaks down in the soil and seeps into your house. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer death in the United States second only to cigarette smoking…

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-Nine U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Nov. 2014
Alaska | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida |
Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | MassachusettsMichigan |
Minnesota | Montana | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York | 
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