Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News April 1, 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.

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Featured CO News Links – More news links below
Montgomery council puts health first
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
…the five-member board agreed with hearing examiner Martin Grossman. He cited the impact of fumes from idling vehicles at the proposed gas station on students at nearby Stephen Knolls School, neighbors and users of the nearby Kenmont Swim & Tennis Club. The school has about 100 special-needs students, some of whom have disabilities that include chronic lung disease and asthma, with some having to use oxygen tanks…
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle fumes contain compounds such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. In high concentrations, carbon monoxide can be quickly lethal; in lower concentrations it can irreversibly damage the brain and heart. Nitrogen oxides can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and in high levels can cause rapid burning, spasms and swelling of tissues in the throat and upper respiratory tract…

LaPorte County Courthouse back to normal after carbon monoxide leak
According to firefighters, up to 500 parts per million of carbon monoxide were detected in the boiler room inside the basement of the more than century old downtown courthouse... Both of the aging boilers are scheduled to be put out of commission from a new heating system going in later this year as part of the ongoing courthouse renovation…

Easter warning to watch out for Carbon Monoxide
Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
With spring here and the Easter break approaching, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is reminding the public of the potential dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning away from the home. CO is usually associated with domestic fossil fuel burning appliances, but everyone should be aware that in holiday homes, caravans and on board boats, faulty gas cookers, appliances or petrol powered generators can also lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning…
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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
Wetaskiwin death not suspicious
Edmonton Sun
Carbon monoxide appears to be the cause of death for a 31-year-old man found inside a partially burnt holiday trailer in Wetaskiwin early Monday ...

Family home fills with deadly gas because crisp bag blocked chimney
Irish Independent
… suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Meath home when a crisp bag thrown into the fire before they went to bed was sucked up and blocked the flue, causing the deadly gas to come back down…

Four Deaths, but Just One 'Occurrence'
Courthouse News Service
RENO, Nev. (CN) - An insurer need pay a Nevada motel-casino only $1 million for the carbon monoxide deaths of four guests because the deaths ...

Carbon Monoxide Detector Bill Passes PA House
The carbon monoxide alarms would also become part of the annual inspection process for license renewal by those respective care facilities…

The Port of Baltimore is paying truck owners to get their polluting big rigs off the road
Baltimore Business Journal
The port estimates it has cut yearly air emissions by about 108 tons of nitrogen oxide, 29 tons of carbon monoxide, 4 tons of particulate matter and 4 ...

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 
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