Thursday, October 8, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News October 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.

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.” Humphry Davy (1788-1829, bio link)

"Blue Sky" Allman Brothers - 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
Flats evacuated after central Wellingotn carbon monoxide leak
The Dominion Post
A restaurant and flats have been evacuated after a carbon monoxide leak in central Wellington…

Three kids taken to hospital after Tiny Township fire
“I continue to be alarmed that, after so many years of trying to educate the public about the legal requirement and the importance of having working smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide alarms in dwelling units, situations like this one are still occurring,”

Breaking: Carbon monoxide incident prompts evacuation of Falmouth apartment complex News
EAST FALMOUTH – Carbon monoxide detectors likely prevented a major tragedy in Falmouth,. Firefighters were called to the Gosnold Grove Apartments at 364 East Falmouth Highway (Route 28) about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday evening where they discovered elevated levels of the colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly gas. Fire officials decided to evacuate the entire complex…

1 dead, 1 sickened from apparent carbon monoxide in Baldwin Borough
Hazmat activity continues at a home where one person died Monday morning in Baldwin Borough. Another person was taken to the hospital…

After Four Gas Explosions, City Offers Piecemeal Responses
Stewart O'Brien, the executive director of The Plumbing Foundation, an umbrella group representing plumbers, and a former commissioner at the Departments of Buildings, said the city needs to do more. He suggested that requiring regular inspections of gas pipes would be a good start… "Incredibly there is no requirement that the gas systems, the gas piping in buildings that could be there for 50, 60, 70 years, ever has to be checked to make sure they're not leaking, that there's not an illegal hook up," he said… City Council members are pushing for stricter laws on who can work on gas pipes, but they have yet to introduce legislation…

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 

Volunteer Firefighters Host Fire Prevention Activity At Tractor Supply Saturday
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is deadly. Brown stresses that smoke detectors are not enough… On Saturday firefighters from Shawswick, Pleasant Run, Oolitic, Marshall, Guthrie, Indiana Creek, Perry, Williams, Marion, Mitchell, Huron will be holding a fire safety event at Tractor Supply from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a smoke house for children to climb through, games and other activities…

Tenants safer in new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm legislation
Property Inventories Leeds
Within this legislation it is now stated that a fire alarm must be in place on each floor of a property, and acarbon monoxide alarm to each room which has a gas burning appliance...

Columbia Gas of Virginia Offers Eight Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week
Columbia Gas of Virginia
Schedule an annual furnace check up with a qualified contractor to ensure it is operating at maximum efficiency before the peak winter months arrive… Check for and keep all flammable materials away from hot water tanks, heating equipment and cooking surfaces. This includes clothing, paints or other flammable items. Remove lint from clothes dryer vent tubing… Install carbon monoxide detectors and learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning…

Trading Standards warns that many 'silent killer' CO alarms don't work properly
The Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to consumers after independent tests on CO alarms found that eight out of 10 failed British Standards tests in one way or another. It is reported that all but one of the CO alarms tested went off eventually, but the standard requires much better than this level of performance…

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