Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News October 21, 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.

“Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, bio link)

"Long Hard Road" Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - 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?
After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.

Featured News Links – More news links below
Family and friends remember 7-year-old who died on Wayzata Bay
SW News Media
A memorial scholarship has been established at in honor of 7-year-old Sophia Baechler, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning… The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office stated that investigators found a hole in an exhaust pipe, apparently caused by animals chewing on it, underneath the mattress in the lower cabin area of the boat on which Sophia was a passenger. She had gone into the cabin to rest, and was found “in distress” by the boat’s other occupants about 10 minutes later, according to the Star Tribune…

Carbon Monoxide Is Deadly: Health Officials Advise Public To Take Precautions
Tech Times
The two affected homes in Chicago and Vernon were not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector…

Meridian firefighters pull woman from burning home
The home did have smoke detectors, however fire crews cannot determine if they were working at the time of the fire… A statement from the Meridian Fire Department indicates the fire had been burning for at about 15 minutes before the woman was pulled to safety…

Preschool, Restaurant Evacuate Due to High Levels of CO
A furnace is being blamed for high carbon monoxide levels at a restaurant and preschool on Monday, leading to the evacuation of children and staff…

Living near an airport 'is bad for your heart' researchers find
Daily Mail
The researchers blamed pollutant carbon monoxide (CO) which is pumped out in higher quantities when planes are idling or taxiing on runways… They found that hospital admissions for both asthma and other respiratory problems were 17 per cent higher for people living within six miles of an airport.

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 

Atlantic City Electric Provides Autumn Cleaning Safety Tips
SNJ Today
A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO… Before installing a portable generator, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use only when necessary…

Union Gas supports Milton Fire Department's awareness, safety initiatives
The Milton Fire Department is on the receiving end of a Union Gas donation totaling $2,500 — funds that will allow the department to continue its awareness and safety initiatives centered on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide…

Fire service warns residents to ensure they check gas appliances
Staff Newsletter
"Carbon monoxide can leak from any gas appliance – including fires and cookers as well as boilers. If you suspect carbon monoxide… Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the property and a reading confirmed the gas was present. A couple in their 60s were checked over by paramedics at the scene and were fortunately fine…

A Sooty North Pole Ahead
Scientific American
Researchers speculate that the Arctic's environment could amplify soot's negative effects. The substance darkens snow and sea ice, which may then absorb more solar radiation. As sea ice melts, larger swaths of water are left exposed and thereby soak up even more sunlight. The cycle could continue because the open sea would likely encourage additional soot-emitting shipping…

Obama recruits 68 companies to support economic impacts of new climate accord
Environment & Energy Publishing
Nearly 70 companies announced plans to cut carbon output yesterday as part of a White House campaign to enlist American businesses in its effort to strike a global deal on climate change and to challenge attacks that describe warming policies as economically harmful…

Sit and rest a while; miss the children, prevent repeating this tragedy. 
Corfu carbon monoxide deaths: Memorial unveiled in Horbury 
BBC News 
A memorial bench to two young children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu has been unveiled in West Yorkshire…

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