Saturday, November 7, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News November 7, 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.

“In other words, if a teacher only teaches in one way, then they conclude that the kids who can't learn well that way don't have the ability, when, in fact, it may be that the way the teacher's teaching is not a particularly good match to the way those kids learn.” Robert Sternberg (1949, bio link)

"Colour My World" Chicago - 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
Chicago Public School System Feeling The Heat
CPS blunder: No carbon monoxide detectors at Prussing School
Chicago Reader
Just to make sure everybody knows—carbon monoxide's the colorless, odorless, and tasteless byproduct of burning gas. In this case, gas that's ...

6 Ways Your Home Might Be Trying To Kill You
Carbon monoxide is odorless, so you won't even notice the poisonous gas seeping through your home — and it can kill within a matter of minutes…

Newburgh to lay off 10 firefighters
Times Herald-Record
Ten City of Newburgh firefighters will be laid off Dec. 31, weakening the department and a campaign to inspect rental properties after the March carbon-monoxide deaths of three people living in a Lander Street apartment house…

2 die from carbon monoxide poisoning in northern Turkey
Today's Zaman
A grandmother and her granddaughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a coal stove in their home in the Black Sea province of Çorum… Every year in Turkey, thousands of people are treated for the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning due to accidents in the home or workplace, with deaths being common. Many poor people in Turkey have no central heating system in their houses other than coal-burning stoves, since coal is cheaper than natural gas in the country…

Carbon Monoxide poisoning blamed in Bent Tree deaths
Pickens County Progress Online
A preliminary autopsy shows carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed a Bent Tree couple whose bodies were discovered in their home November 3…

Indiana residents urged to avoid using dangerous alternative heating sources
Fox 28
Wood stoves and fireplaces can be a good source for heat, although, Indiana Department of Homeland Security says to only use dry, seasoned firewood to avoid build-up. Along with having caution when using any flammable liquid to start fireplace fires or wood stoves, and closing the damper too early with hot ashes in the fireplace can end up with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the home…

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 

Insurance Bureau of Canada donates 150 CO alarms to Brampton fire
Brampton Guardian
A smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide (CO) detector are not the same thing, but that’s a common misconception, according to a man who lost four members of his family to the deadly gas… The Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education donated 150 carbon monoxide detectors to Brampton Fire ...

Boat captain fined in crewman carbon monoxide poisoning case
Yachting and Boating World
The Starlight Rays owner must pay £20,000 for a health and safety breach after a crewman died from carbon monoxide whilst working on the trawler…

Ohio Republicans denounce Obama pipeline rejection
Columbus Dispatch
The pipeline, which would have crossed six states, became a political symbol for the struggle between those who want to combat climate change and those who believe the project would create construction jobs and spur the economy…

Secrets of the climate deniers exposed: Exxon Mobil and the plot to keep the public in the dark
Exxon’s board of directors was fully briefed by its own scientists, decades ago, on the emerging consensus that burning oil and gas may cause sea levels to rise, glacial ice to melt and a host of other generally negative consequences. Their reaction was to fund the kind of counter-information campaigns that Soviet-era propagandists would be proud of…One in-house memo stated that ‘fossil fuels contribute most of the carbon dioxide’ that was turning the earth into an overheated greenhouse, another memo showed that the company would seek to ‘emphasize the uncertainty in scientific conclusions…

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