Friday, October 23, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News October 23 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.

“Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.” 
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, bio link)

"Fly Like An Eagle" Steve Miller 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
Inquest finds Mount Isa construction firm worker died from carbon monoxide poisoning
ABC Local
He ruled the 51 year old died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by breathing in air from a faulty compressor attached to an enclosed helmet he ...

Barrie emergency crews respond to suspected CO call; 14 people sent to hospital
The Barrie Examiner
Hoffmann said anything burning gives off carbon monoxide fumes, but they were also getting readings of hydrogen cyanide gases…

Almost 20 years ago… the tragedy remains
Dunfermline star Norrie McCathie's death serves as warning of 'silent killer'
The Courier
The death of a Dunfermline Athletic footballer should continue to serve as a warning over the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning…

Bravo – Good Stuff
Students Tell Parents in Idling Cars About Exhaust Health Effects
Livermore Independent
Parents waiting to pick up students in the afternoon one day at Pleasanton Middle School opened their windows to talk to leadership class students… On the afternoon of Oct. 7, the waiting parents were handed a flier and given battery-powered hand-held fans to encourage the drivers to turn off the engine, which also turns off the air conditioning… The students told them about how bad car-idling exhaust is for health, especially for kids' lungs…

Can you imagine? Stop burning stuff and health & quality of life improves.
City of New Orleans applauds smoke-free air quality improvement
Six months after the New Orleans City Council approved a smoking ban in bars and casinos, workers say they're breathing easier… "I've been in the bar business going on 16 years now. There's one thing I always wanted to do, to walk up to a customer and not have to hold my breath," says bar worker…

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 

Herald Palladium
Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit presented the certificates honoring the young men for their quick thinking and actions that saved two of the boat's passengers and other emergency responders from serious harm… When they came on board the vessel, joining three medical responders, the deputies found that the three passengers had been overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. They found the source, a crack in the exhaust system of a generator, turned it off and vented the boat…

Stopping smoking worth challenge of quitting
Statesman Journal
Twelve hours later, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop to normal. A couple months later, both your circulation and lung function will ...

Fire Safety Tips: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Hanford Sentinel
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is often referred to as “the silent killer” because CO is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of fuels such as gasoline, wood, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane. CO can accumulate due to faulty equipment or lack of functioning venting systems to remove CO safely to the outside. High levels of CO can cause severe physiological effects including unconsciousness and death within minutes…

1 in 20 Scots suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning
H&V News
One in twenty private renters claim to have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in their home in the last five years, according to new research…

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