Friday, January 9, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News January 9, 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.

“As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.”
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, bio link)

Featured News Links – More news links below
Smell natural gas? Something's wrong
“Many times I have heard neighbors saying, “I thought I smelled gas,' or even, ‘we smelled gas for a week,' after we were called to the scene,” Sean Maloy, president of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, said. “If you smell gas in your home or business, leave the building immediately, get to a safe place and call 911…

Sheriff sends cold weather safety tips
Green Bay Press Gazette
Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control …
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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 scare at Atlantic Station high-rise
WSB Atlanta
Woodworth said he would not release exactly where they found the carbon monoxide. But he did say air moves around so much in a large building, ...

Plymouth primary school closed after gas leak
Plymouth Herald
PRINCE Rock Primary School has been forced to close after a carbon monoxide leak this morning…

Child, 2 adults hospitalized after reported gas leak
WMUR Manchester
SWANZEY, N.H. —The Swanzey Fire Department is investigating after a problem with a propane unit at the Coach House Motel on the Monadnock Highway Thursday night. Three people complaining of carbon monoxide symptoms were transported to a local hospital as a precaution. The incident happened inside a cottage at the motel. The owner of the motel was able to turn off the gas to the cottage before fire companies arrived…

Carbon monoxide scare sends more than two dozen from Bay Shore businesses to hospitals, cops ...
Twenty-nine people exposed to carbon monoxide Thursday afternoon have been taken to various hospitals from two Bay Shore plants owned by the ...

Kohl's reopens after short closure for carbon monoxide
STERLING – Kohl's was closed for about 3 hours today after the Sterling Fire Department responded for an odd smell… According to Fire Chief Mike Dettman of the Twin City Joint Fire Command, crews checked the building with a gas detector and found a high level of carbon monoxide. The department ordered that the building be evacuated…

Cold weather claims another carbon monoxide victim in Cáceres
Spanish News Today
on Wednesday after they inhaled carbon monoxide at a house in the village of Valdelacasa del Tajo due to the use of a malfunctioning coal-fired ...

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