Friday, April 3, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News April 3, 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.

“Many times I’ve wondered how much there is to know” 
"Over The Hills And Far Away" Led Zeppelin - music link, vintage

Featured News Links – More news links below
Technology will help firefighters monitor CO
The machine tests for carbon monoxide. It works like the pulse-oxygen monitor that you might use at the doctor's office…

Carbon Monoxide Scare Prompts Passover Cooking Safety Plea To Jewish Community
Yeshiva World News
The following is from the Manchester (UK) Fire and Rescue Services, but applies to every Jewish home around the world: firefighters have issued a plea to the Jewish community asking them to take care preparing food before Passover after one family almost suffered carbon monoxide poisoning… Our advice is for people to follow the instructions provided with their cooking appliances and allow natural ventilation to take place in their homes…

Protect Your Loved Ones from Deadly Carbon Monoxide
UF/IFAS Blogs - University of Florida
This past winter, during the coldest part of the year, a friend of mine who lives in Chicago was awakened by a piercing and unfamiliar alarm in the middle of the night. It took her and her family a few minutes to realize that the carbon monoxide detector they had installed not long ago was going off…

Asthma Triggers Monitored by Wearable Sensors
Controlled Environments Magazine
These sensors would monitor environmental concerns, such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide levels at the same time…
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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
Overcome by carbon monoxide
Otago Daily Times
An elderly woman who accidently left her car engine running in the garage died after being overcome by carbon monoxide fumes… She had poor hearing and was not wearing her hearing aids, so probably couldn't hear the car running. Mrs. Kitchingham also suffered from heart disease, which Coroner David Crerar said was a contributing factor to her death from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning…

Clifton School District's fix list includes roofs, boilers
The aging boilers have been maintained annually, but neglecting to replace the hardware could create "liability issues," according to the Board. Marchione said the replacements in the district are a part of a "long range facilities plan."The oldest boiler is 89 years old and original to School 11. The youngest boiler, at School 3, was upgraded 20 years ago…

Elder abuse in spotlight
The program is implemented though seminars, workshops, luncheons, social activities and community outreach. TRIAD implements umbrella programs such as Project Life Saver, Are You OK, File of Life, Yellow Alert and Is Your Number Up. TRIAD also dispenses free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and 911 cell phones. Through fundraising and grants, TRIAD has installed more than 700 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and 600 reflective house number signs, and financially supports 13 electronic bracelets for individuals who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s or other spectrum disorders…

Pennsylvania Program Focuses on Firefighters' Health
Insurance Journal
The heart-attack death of a Somerset, Pennsylvania, volunteer firefighter in February served as a grim reminder of the hidden hazards...

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