Monday, April 20, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News April 20, 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 don’t care if you are young or old, let’s get together and let the good times roll.” James Brown, B.B. King - vintage music link 

Featured News Links – More news links below
New carbon monoxide laws long overdue, says Uxbridge fire prevention officer
“Carbon monoxide is a serious thing,” Mr. Maynard says. “We probably do as many carbon monoxide calls in a year as we do (fire) alarm calls. It’s getting to be more and more (calls) because people are aware or starting to get aware of it.”

In Our View: Life safety
St. George Daily Spectrum
Losing somebody to a fire, carbon monoxide intoxication, drowning, vehicular accident, exposure to the elements is beyond awful…
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
Heavy Smoke From Chino Brush Fire to Sully IE Air Quality
NBC Southern California
Unattended Cooking Fire Sparked Chino Blaze, Fire Officials Say…
Fueled by California's drought, a large brush fire burning in Riverside County may bring smoky, unhealthy air to parts of the Inland Empire…

Fairbanks air pollution readings could increase with federal change in monitoring location
The Tribune
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A new location for monitoring of wintertime air pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Borough area could mean far higher official readings, according to local officials… Fine particulate has been linked to heart attacks, decreased lung function and premature death in people with heart or lung disease. The young, elderly and weakened are considered especially vulnerable…

Striking a Balance for Healthy 'Air Tight' Buildings
Poor indoor air quality may cause a wide range of mild health effects with generally non-specific symptoms such as headaches, tiredness or lethargy or can lead to more severe effects such as aggravation of asthma and allergic responses. Employers are required by law to provide a safe workplace environment, and this includes maintaining a healthy indoor air environment…

Thousands of cyclists pedal for clean air ahead of Earth Day
Ukraine Today
A 2014 World Health Organization report said Southeast Asia is one of the regions in the world with the poorest air quality and people who live there are most vulnerable to cardiovascular and respiratory-related illnesses. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 which aims to promote awareness and protection of the environment…

Supreme Court urged to force government to act over air pollution
The UK’s Supreme Court has been urged to force the government to adhere to EU rules on air pollution, which campaigners say is responsible for nearly 30,000 deaths a year...

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