Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News August 4, 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.

“If you fail to protect yourself from carbon monoxide and take it seriously, injury or death and tears are foreseeable. If you haven’t addressed the worsening of air pollution and emissions in your life, you may find yourself whining about the consequences and costs of repair.”
Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety, Director of Training - COSA 

"49 Bye Bye's" Crosby, Stills, Nash - music link

Featured News Links – More news links below
Allentown Fire Department evacuates senior housing building due to carbon monoxide
Allentown Morning Call
Over 200 senior citizens were evacuated from the Episcopal House Monday night as fire officials detected levels of carbon monoxide in the building…

Man treated for carbon monoxide poisoning
Derry Journal
A man was taken to hospital after being treated for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a block of flats on the Northland Road in Derry on Tuesday…

Orillia Rotary Club gives away smoke/CO detectors
If your home is not equipped with working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, the Rotary Club of Orillia has got you covered… This fall, the club will donate and install combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in houses and apartments in the city…

Hampton landlords required to register apartments
A goal is to help ensure that landlords install, for example, carbon-monoxide detectors, as mandated by Pennsylvania's new Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act for multifamily housing, which became effective in June… In coming weeks, Hampton Council members expect to also initiate a $50-per-unit fee — payable every three years by local landlords — to cover Hampton's costs for registering landlords and inspecting apartments…

NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent 

SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 _ 15 MINUTES]

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
Crews work to restore power after Sunday storms
The Morning Sun
Jerry Becker, emergency management director for Clare County, said relatively little property damage has been reported… Becker explains that he has received calls about residents pulling generators and grills inside their garages or porches, which could result in an extremely dangerous amount of carbon monoxide…

How Do U.S. Carbon Emissions Rank Internationally?
Although China tops the numbers in emissions now, this hasn’t always been the case. And if one looks at cumulative carbon dioxide emissions from 1850 through 2011, the fault rests more squarely on Western nations. The United States accounts for 27 percent of that measure and the European Union for 25 percent, reports the World Resources Institute…

EPA's new power plant rules tougher on Indiana
Journal and Courier
The Clean Power Plan is the cornerstone of the administration’s attempt to curb climate change by forcing reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, which officials hope will help persuade other countries to take similar steps… Power plants that use fossil fuels are the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, accounting for nearly one-third of the emissions… Indiana, which relies on burning coal for electricity more than most states, is among the top emitters of carbon dioxide…

Sixteen states have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets in final Obama climate change plan
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The final rule ended up with a more stringent target for emissions reductions for two main reasons -- renewable sources such as wind and solar are getting cheaper and easier to build, and the EPA considered that states in some cases could easily source clean power from neighbors if they didn't have the capacity to generate it themselves…

Cdc Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
New Movie Release 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ... 

CO EXperts
Johnson County Kansas - Continuing Education – – Video Link

A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against accute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 

JEMS.com - ...site has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk 

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