Thursday, September 3, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News September 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.

“Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744, bio link)

"Paradise Lost" Storyhill - music link

How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they live in
and, after prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement?

Featured News Links – More news links below
Construction workers overcome by deadly levels of carbon monoxide
AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) - Six construction workers were overcome by high levels of carbon monoxide as they were working inside a medical office ...

5 taken to hospital for carbon monoxide exposure at motel
The Daily Nonpareil
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say five people have been taken to the hospital in critical condition after being exposed to carbon monoxide at a Sioux City extended-stay motel...

Carbon Monoxide poisoning suspected in death of elderly couple
Deputies and medics arrived at the home soon after. Moyes said the bodies showed no signs of trauma and detectives do not suspect foul play… The couple reportedly lost power during Saturday's wind storm and had been using a gas generator…

Carbon monoxide leak sends 6 to hospital
Kankakee Daily Journal
Six people were hospitalized on Tuesday morning with carbon monoxide poisoning because of a faulty water heater at an east Kankakee duplex…

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
Carbon monoxide alarm saves homeowner in Cornwall
Western Morning News
A carbon monoxide alarm saved the occupant of a house in Cornwall in the early hours of today. The alarm began sounding at the property in ...

Firehouse chat: Chief discusses the dangers of carbon monoxide
Chicago Tribune
As we head into fall and the weather gets a little colder, it's time to talk about carbon monoxide, or CO, and the dangers…

Be Aware of the Silent Killer - Carbon Monoxide
Holiday Parks Management
Too many families are still unaware of the carbon monoxide poisoning risks involved with placing lit or smouldering barbecues inside tents, awnings ...

One-Fifth Of Days This Year Have Triggered Air Advisories In Colorado
Colorado Public Radio
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new stringent standards to lower ozone levels in Colorado, but business leaders claim they would harm the state's economy and Gov. John Hickenlooper isn't sold on the idea, according to CBS4 News… Other than ozone and smoke, action days are issued for fine particulate matter in the air, carbon monoxide or other pollutants… On those days, the air is considered potentially unhealthy for 24 hours. Some groups, like the elderly,…

Yellowstone boosts price of private snowmobile trips
Jackson Hole News&Guide
Another change is a tighter restriction on “best-available technology” standards that govern noise and emissions… Beginning this winter, Murphy said, snowmobiles that will be allowed to enter the park must be no louder than 73 decibels. They must emit no more than 15 grams of hydrocarbons or 120 grams of carbon monoxide per kilowatt-hour…

Sober number: 12 boaters have died on Oregon waterways
The stern can be a dangerous place for exposure to carbon monoxide and a prop-strike safety hazard. It is illegal to ride on the bow, decks, gunwales ...

Let Coal Die a Natural Death
Bloomberg View
Coal-fired power plants spew more than atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide. They also pollute the air with mercury and other toxins,… The transition away from coal won't happen all at once. Renewable energy cannot yet supply the steady volume of power that coal has long been able to provide. Even refitting a plant to burn natural gas rather than coal takes time and money… But make no mistake: As an energy source, coal is in decline. By acquiescing to requests to delay this inevitability, regulators aren't helping energy companies, their customers or the environment…

How to use a Fire Extinguisher
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…

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 - 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 - 

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: 
U.S. Drought Monitor
- Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive
- Current Data for Atmospheric CO2
- Federal Aviation Administration CO warning
- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· 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