Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News September 8, 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.

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973, bio link)

"Love Song To The Earth" - Official Lyric Video

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
Ex-Wellington man asphyxiated while watching Bledisloe Cup on his boat
All rugby fan Todd Crothers wanted was to watch his beloved All Blacks hold on to the Bledisloe Cup… So the former Wellingtonian installed a generator in his boat to pick up the television coverage… Just hours later, the father of three was dead, asphyxiated by fumes let off by the petrol-powered generator…

Tribute paid to 'lovely' man killed by suspected gas poisoning
"Everyone here's in shock and I think all those people like me who didn't have a CO detector have now ordered one. It's a wake-up call." ...

Carbon monoxide detectors and alarms required in commercial buildings
Mid-Hudson News
NEWBURGH – Carbon monoxide detectors and alarms may be in short supply in commercial buildings in Newburgh, but they will be required nationwide by next June 27…

US: keyless ignition systems now turning into a deadly issue
Way back in December 2011, the US auto safety regulator issued a public notice in the Federal Register because it believed vehicles with keyless ignition systems might become a “clear safety problem.” The issue is that a simple oversight can have fatal consequences – carbon monoxide poisoning because drivers can inadvertently leave a vehicle running in an enclosed space, such as a garage…

Island Echo
An estimated 55,000 people could be at risk of poisoning or death from carbon monoxide (CO) at this year's Bestival…

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
Everyone Is at Risk for CO Poisoning
Home Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc
The title of this post is not an alarmist fabrication or exaggeration: it is simply the truth. If you use a combustible fuel in your home for any reason, such as a natural gas stove or furnace to cook or heat your home with, then you may encounter a CO (carbon monoxide leak) at some point…

Air quality standards likely to change for SA
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - For years now, the San Antonio area has come in just below the cutoff or surface ozone levels that would require action to be taken by the Environmental Protection Agency. The numbers, however, continue to rise… Ozone that exists high in the atmosphere, also known as the Ozone Layer, is a good thing to have. Ozone at the surface, however, is considered a pollutant…

Air quality edges closer to Unhealthy range: NEA
Channel News Asia
Singapore - Based on the air quality forecast, the NEA advises the public to reduce prolonged outdoor physical activity, and added that those who are feeling unwell should seek medical attention…

Rhode Island DEM issues air quality alert for Tuesday
Turn to 10
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels statewide in Rhode Island during the afternoon and into the evening hours on Tuesday… Individuals who experience respiratory symptoms should consult a doctor…

Are some people more at risk from air pollution?
Medical Xpress
And even then, air pollution does not affect everyone equally. ... Reading papers like this reminds me to check the Air Quality Index before planning ... This study is one in a series that aims to see how factors like age, sex, race, disease status, genetic makeup, socioeconomic status, and where a person lives can put someone at greater risk from the health effects of air pollution. The knowledge gained…

New water heater rules for reducing pollution to cost Utahns
Daily Herald
The Wasatch Front, home to about 2 million residents in a north-south corridor stretching from Nephi in the south to Brigham City in the north, suffers in the winter through atmospheric inversions. The inversions trap cold air and pollutants in northern Utah's bowl-shaped mountain valleys leading to nation's worst air at times — and inflicting a blemish on the state's image as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts…

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 

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: 
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