Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News May 5, 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.

Earthquake in Nepal: Children Need Your Help Now
Nearly 1 million children require humanitarian assistance, and UNICEF is on the ground working to provide critical aid to children and families.

“When a country wants television more than they want clean water, they've lost their grip.” Lewis Black (1948, bio link)

"Sweet Jane" Lou Reed - music link - live

Featured News Links – More news links below
Firefighters exposed to chemicals cry for help
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Studies done within the last decade are confirming what we in the fire service have long known: That our brother and sister firefighters are contracting a wide variety of deadly cancers at an alarming rate, much higher than the general population...

Fires early Sunday show need for smoke detectors Warning devices to be given
Wilkes Journal Patriot
Authorities said the couple living in one of the homes escaped without injuries when their smoke alarm awakened them, while the other victims were out of town when their home caught fire… Meanwhile, Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds has announced the start of efforts to get smoke alarms in more Wilkes County homes… The N.C. Department of Insurance (state fire marshal’s office) awarded 110 long-life battery-powered smoke alarms and 90 carbon monoxide detectors to the Wilkes fire marshal’s office after Bounds applied for Wilkes County’s participation in the program…

How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Beyond technology
ABC2 In Focus Dakarai Turner explains how to protect yourself and your home from carbon monoxide poisoning after a father and his seven children were found dead...

Townspeople color streets to Todd house, liven spirits
Delmarva Daily Times
The Somerset County Health Department set up a booth and distributed informational flyers warning about the potential dangers of carbon monoxide…
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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
Workers recover from CO exposure
Beach Metro News
Three men suffered carbon monoxide poisoning last week while cleaning an underground condo garage on Kingston Road with a gas-fired power washer...

Fire chief says inspections will not be intrusive despite being mandatory
Timmins Press
With home inspections now underway for the new mandatory carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, Timmins firefighters began going house to house ...

What makes a home healthy and how to keep it that way
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Those at risk for environmental factors — the elderly, children and people whose health is compromised — are especially at risk with poor indoor air quality…

Carbon monoxide: The silent killer that could be lurking in your home
Carbon monoxide is called the "silent killer" because you can't see it or smell it. That's why you should have a carbon monoxide detector…

Johnson County Contractor Licensing Conference
CO EXperts
Johnson County Kansas - Continuing Education – – Video Link

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