Saturday, March 21, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News March 21, 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.
Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” E. B. White (1899-1985, bio link)

"Voices in the Sky" Moody Blues - music link

Featured News Links – More news links below
Nursing facility nightmare
A Long, Long Night At Crystal Lake
Roughly 230 residents had to be evacuated to other facilities in the darkness because of poor air quality and a carbon monoxide issue… “While handling the initial situation we encountered a secondary issue, a severed propane leak along with a carbon monoxide issue on the first, second and third floors,” the chief said. ”As a result of the above stated incidents an evacuation was ordered of all personnel and patients…

Small precautions guard against Carbon Monoxide problems
Greene County Daily World
As deadly as it is indistinct, carbon monoxide gas is a danger to everyone. Carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. At certain levels, it can become toxic to humans and eventually cause anoxia…
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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
Which schools have carbon monoxide detectors?
FOX 29
SAN ANTONIO – After a carbon monoxide leak made more than a dozen students sick and forced an elementary school in Dallas to cancel class earlier this month, the Dallas school district is now considering putting detectors in every one of its schools…

Red Cross begins home fire preparedness campaign
Calaveras Enterprise
One finding was that many homes were not properly equipped with either smoke detectors of carbon monoxide detectors…

Health Dept. to study landfill effects
"When the air gets difficult to breathe because of the stench he does have additionaldifficulty in breathing and has to rely on his inhalers to help…

Air quality can affect students' decisions to study abroad
Upon arriving in Shanghai for her first semester, she felt tired and exhausted all the time. She also experienced shortness of breath and headaches almost every day, along with having more frequent asthma attacks. Her doctors have since attributed some of these health problems with air pollution. Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measurement of the quality of the air at any given time. It ranges from 0 to 500. The higher up on the scale, the higher the air pollution. An AQI above 100 is considered unhealthy and above 300 is hazardous…

Paris briefly tops world charts for air pollution
Air pollution in Paris was worse than in any city in the world for a brief moment this week – putting it above regular offenders such as Delhi and Peking…

Carbon Monoxide Safety - El Paso County, Colorado, Public Service Announcement

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